By Designate Polishuk | September 12, 2020 at 9: 30pm CDTIf an early exit from Spencer Howard wasn’t worrisome ample for the Phillies, they’re now sweating a potentially way more dear damage. Catcher J.T. Realmuto felt “hip discomfort” whereas working the bases in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 12-6 clutch over the Marlins, manager Joe Girardi told The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro and assorted reporters.
Realmuto change into as soon as composed able to enviornment his station in the backside half of the inning nonetheless change into as soon as modified by a pinch-hitter in the stop of the ninth. Realmuto shall be re-examined the following day, and given the conditions, it might per chance per chance also very properly be that the Phils had been upright being cautious in removing a celeb participant in the final inning of a one-sided sport.
Evidently, of direction, shedding Realmuto for any stretch of time might per chance per chance be a large blow to a Philadelphia group that is attempting to lock down (at minimum) a playoff berth and composed has hopes of catching the Braves for first space in the NL East. Realmuto has been his usual excellent self, coming into tonight’s sport with 11 dwelling runs and a .274/.361/.541 cut line over his first 166 plate appearances. Realmuto’s .903 OPS represents a profession splendid, with the horrid caveat that a “profession splendid” has an asterisk in this shortened season.
Andrew Knapp is the Phillies’ backup catcher, and no longer one in every of the three backstops at their alternate training location (Henri Lartigue, Rafael Marchan, Logan O’Hoppe) own any MLB journey. In the worst-case train of a Realmuto IL day out, it appears to be like like the Phillies might per chance per chance be very more likely to ticket a mature catcher to act as Knapp’s backup.