Latest news and updates on J.T. Realmuto’s injury

The Phillies’ offensive lineup has been smashing it this season, but they’ve hit a speed bump with one of their key players sidelined for the foreseeable future.

J.T. Realmuto, the stalwart catcher, is slated for knee surgery, as per an announcement from the team. This isn’t just any old setback; it’s like losing your MVP candidate in the middle of a winning streak.

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Realmuto’s been a beast on the field, maintaining his status as one of baseball’s elite catchers in 2024. Even with a bum knee, he’s clocking a .261/.309/.411 slash line and has knocked seven homers out of the park. That’s not just good; it’s All-Star caliber stuff, folks. His Baseball Reference Wins Above Replacement (bWAR) sits at a solid 1.2, proving he’s worth every penny of that hefty contract.

But wait, there’s more doom and gloom for Philly. Realmuto’s injury is just the latest in a series of setbacks for the NL’s top dogs. Trea Turner’s been nursing a hamstring since May 3, and while he’s on the mend, his absence has left a noticeable dent in the lineup. And let’s not forget Brandon Marsh, who strained his hammy back on June 2 against the Cardinals. It’s like the injury bug’s doing the cha-cha through the Phillies’ dugout.

So, what’s the scoop on Realmuto’s situation? Stay tuned, folks. As soon as we know more, you’ll be the first to hear about it.

 

J.T. Realmuto injury update

With Realmuto sidelined due to right knee pain, the Phillies are shuffling their catcher lineup like a deck of cards. Realmuto’s set to undergo right knee meniscectomy surgery come Wednesday, which means he’ll be bench-bound for a while.

Now, a meniscectomy might not sound as dramatic as, say, Tommy John surgery, but make no mistake—it’s no walk in the park. According to Kaiser Permanente, recovery can take a solid four to six weeks before you’re back in the game, with full motion only returning in the first two weeks. So, basically, we’re looking at an extended coffee break for Realmuto.

In his absence, it’s time for Garrett Stubbs to shine as the starting catcher. He’s been warming the bench for the Phillies for the past three seasons, but now it’s his chance to step into the limelight. His career slash line may not scream “superstar” at .213/.289/.316, but hey, he’s got six homers under his belt in 157 games. Not too shabby for a backup.

Backing up Stubbs, we’ve got Rafael Marchan, who’s getting the call-up from Triple-A to fill the void. Marchan’s been out of the majors since 2021, but he’s been honing his skills down in the minors, posting some decent numbers. Between Class-A and Triple-A this season, he’s batting .233/.382/.395 with a couple of dingers in just 13 games. Looks like he’s ready to show the big leagues what he’s made of.

So, as we bid farewell to Realmuto temporarily, let’s give a warm welcome to Stubbs and Marchan as they step up to the plate. It’s showtime, boys!