Phillies call up catcher prospect with J.T. Realmuto injured


This hip injury will cost J.T. Realmuto at least two games. He did not play in Game 1 of Sunday's Phillies-Marlins doubleheader and was out of the lineup for Game 2 after experiencing hip discomfort Saturday night.

The Phillies called up 21-year-old catcher Rafael Marchan after Game 1 but still started Andrew Knapp in both games of the doubleheader. That could be an indication that Realmuto might miss time beyond Sunday. 

If the plan was to start Knapp anyway, they could have just not called up Marchan on Sunday, waiting until Monday to see how Realmuto was feeling. It makes obvious sense to have insurance for Knapp in Game 2, but wouldn't that have also made sense in Game 1? The emergency catcher in Game 1 was likely Ronald Torreyes.

Connor Brogdon, who pitched 2⅓ perfect innings with four strikeouts in relief of Ramon Rosso in the Game 1 loss, was optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room on the active roster for Marchan.

Jose Alvarez was transferred to the 45-day IL to free up a 40-man roster spot for Marchan.

Rhys Hoskins, whose left forearm was bent awkwardly on a play at first base Saturday night, was also out of the lineup for both games of Sunday's doubleheader. Injuries have really affected the Phillies these last two weeks with Realmuto, Hoskins, Spencer Howard, Zack Wheeler, Jay Bruce, Roman Quinn and Scott Kingery.

Alec Bohm, already the Phillies' leader in line drive hits, started both games Sunday in the cleanup spot. He becomes an even more crucial Phillie with Realmuto and Hoskins out.