By Peter Marks

The Phillies lost catcher J.T. Realmuto for at least a month while he rehabs from a meniscus procedure on his right knee.

They’ll go with Rafael Marchan (who flashed his arm last night against the Red Sox) and Garrett Stubbs in the meantime, but Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports that the Phils will also likely seek some additional catching depth to stash in Triple-A alongside journeyman Aramis Garcia.

Marchan has missed much of the 2024 season due to a back injury but is healthy now and has hit .233/.382/.395 in 55 plate appearances since coming off the IL.

He also hit .297/.331/.440 in Triple-A last season, and boss Dame Dombrowski has praised Marchan’s defensive capabilities.

The Realmuto injury could give Marchan a big league run with some consistent playing time for the next few weeks — something he’s never received.

Though he’s long been a well-regarded catching prospect, Marchan has been blocked by Realmuto for years and has also repeatedly struggled to stay healthy in the minors. He’s appeared in just 23 MLB games and taken 65 plate appearances.

Marchan will be out of minor league options next season, so this will in some ways be an audition for a part-time role either next season or perhaps even later this year.

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