By Melody Miller

Phils catcher J.T. Realmuto suffered a fractured right thumb last week and will be immobilized for at least two weeks before getting reassessed.

Realmuto suffered the injury at the base of his right thumb while trying to block a ball in the dirt at the team’s spring complex in Clearwater, where he’d already shown up to start preparing for the 2021 season.

“We’re obviously going to be cautious with it,” Realmuto said yesterday.

“I feel pretty confident about those two weeks — it’ll be healed, because it already feels quite a bit better than the day it happened. It’s definitely going to heal on its own and I’m confident I’ll be back by Opening Day. But you can’t set that in stone just because you never know what can happen. We’re going to take our time with it. If I have to miss the first three days of the season, we’d rather do that than absolutely rush back and have something linger a little longer.”

It sounds like a minor injury and one that won’t have long-lasting effects, but it’s certainly not the way Realmuto or the Phillies anticipated the early days of his new five-year, $115.5 million contract to go. Realmuto re-signed with the Phillies in late January after testing the free agent waters this winter.


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