The Phillies star catcher and free agent signing JT Realmuto has suffered a broken thumb at spring training. He's confident that he will be back and ready by opening day, but he still could miss time after the start of the regular season.
Obviously this could be a big loss for the Phillies, but with the team and the catcher hopeful for a fast recovery, everything should be fine. It was reported that he broke it while blocking a ball and left his throwing hand exposed to the ball.
Realmuto is currently set to miss about two weeks worth of time, but it still could be a little bit of a longer break. While he is confident he'll be back, his injury is still young, so it could be a prolonged break for the catcher if something goes wrong.
Realmuto has been the best catcher in baseball the past two or three years, having been a plus hitter and base runner for a catcher, and most importantly, his defense has been stellar in the past. In 2018, Realmuto had the best pop time in the sport, posting a 1.9 second long pop time. He is also a great blocker, coincidental to his injury.
Realmuto should be back soon, and look out for him to be the back-bone of the team.