Rob Thomson Provides Frustrating J.T. Realmuto Injury Update

The Phillies will be without All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto for the third straight game due to a right knee injury.
Apr 28, 2024; San Diego, California, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (10) rounds
Apr 28, 2024; San Diego, California, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (10) rounds / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Phillies manager Rob Thomson told reporters after Tuesday's game that J.T. Realmuto will play on Wednesday, barring anything unexpected, per Matt Gelb of The Athletic.

The Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in baseball (29-13) heading into Tuesday’s game against the New York Mets but have been hindered by the injury bug lately.

Star shortstop Trea Turner is out for an extended period because of a hamstring injury, leaving the Phillies to play Edmundo Sosa, Whit Merrifield, and Kody Clemens at second base, while Bryson Stott handles shortstop duties.

Along with Turner, designated hitter Kyle Schwarber has been dealing with a sore back, and now star catcher J.T. Realmuto is banged up.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson told reporters on Tuesday that Realmuto did some work on the field and in the cage this morning and said his knee is improving, per Matt Gelb of The Athletic. 

However, Thomson added that he couldn’t say whether  Realmuto would play on Wednesday. 

The 33-year-old catcher reportedly tweaked his right knee earlier this month against the San Francisco Giants on May 4th after hitting a triple. Realmuto continued to play on the knee until this past weekend against the Miami Marlins.

It’s not great news to see the three-time All-Star catcher hindered by injury, as Philly’s offense has been rolling to start the regular season. However, Realmuto isn’t worried about a stint on the injured list and didn’t have an MRI on his right knee, per’s Todd Zolecki.

Therefore, until Realmuto is 100 percent ready to return, the Phillies will lean on backup catcher Garrett Stubbs, who is making his third-straight start on Tuesday. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Stubbs is only 1-for-8 at the plate with two strikeouts, a stolen base, and an RBI.

However, the Phillies aren’t worried about Stubbs’ offense at the bottom of the batting order, as they need him to continue to call a solid game behind the plate.

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