The Philadelphia Phillies placed All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto on the 10-day injured list on Friday retroactive to Sunday, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. The MLB insider adds that Realmuto’s injured list stint can only be backlogged for three days, so the earliest he can be activated is next week.
To replace Realmuto on the 26-man roster, the Phillies activated outfielder Matt Joyce off the 10-day injured list. The Phillies also recalled starting pitcher Spencer Howard from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Howard will reportedly be starting on Saturday night against the Boston Red Sox.
The All-Star catcher has been dealing with bone bruise on his left hand that he suffered a few weeks ago against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 30-year-old Realmuto had an MRI done on his left hand, but there was no structural damage, which is good news for him and the Phillies. This season, the two-time All-Star is hitting .294/.400/.486 with 4 home runs and 17 RBI in 130 plate appearances.
With Realmuto on the shelf for the next few games, the Phillies use the catcher duo of Andrew Knapp and Rafael Marchan. Knapp is batting seventh in tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox. He is hitting .175 with a home run and 9 RBI and is valued at $2300 on DraftKings.