The Philadelphia Phillies recently just gave their star catcher JT Realmuto a massive five-year contract worth $115.5 million. Unfortunately, they won’t get to enjoy the fruits of his labor just yet.
It was recently revealed by Phillies manager Joe Girardi that the 29-year-old catcher will miss at least a month of action due to a broken thumb injury that he recently suffered in a team practice.
The good news is that this injury took place during the offseason, so it won’t eat up too much of the Phillies’ regular-season games. Indeed, the team is hopeful that Realmuto will be available to return by the first game of the season.
Unfortunately, this still means that he’ll likely miss most of Spring Training. Although Spring Training doesn’t count for real games, it still is crucial for getting the team chemistry in order, and also getting everyone warmed up for high-level play.
“We’re obviously going to be cautious with it,” said Realmuto. “I feel pretty confident that after that two weeks, it’ll be healed because it already feels quite a bit better than it did the day that it happened.”