We’re only two days into Spring Training, and we have a problem. Philadelphia Phillies’ catcher J.T. Realmuto, who signed a five-year deal worth $115.5 million last month, will miss at least the next two weeks after suffering a small fracture in his right thumb.
Manager Joe Girardi began today’s media session with the news, adding the team hopes its starting catcher will be available for Opening Day on April 1.
According to Girardi, Realmuto sustained the injury roughly six days ago during a bullpen session with Jose Alvarado while sliding to block a ball in the dirt.
“It wasn’t that bad of a pitch, my thumb just got outside of my glove,” Realmuto said.
The injury was discovered Tuesday when he was asked to make throws and felt discomfort. That’s when the team decided to take a closer look and discovered the extent of the injury.
Realmuto told reporters he was able to hit with the injury and was “shocked” to learn of the fracture.
In the interim, Realmuto plans to work out with the team and catch bullpens in preparation for the season, although he won’t throw or swing for the time being.
Doctors will reevaluate Realmuto in two weeks. That examination should provide more clarity on the timeline for a potential return.
Realmuto said during Thursday’s press conference that he’s not too worried about his thumb. Hey said, “If I was a Phillies fan, I wouldn’t be too worried about it.”