Good news on J.T. Realmuto.
“He saw a doctor and checked out well,” Phillies general manager Sam Fuld said before Thursday’s game. “No symptoms. He’ll avoid the concussion injured list.”
Realmuto took two foul balls off the face mask in the same at-bat in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Both foul balls came off the bat of Max Muncy and the second one appeared to stun Realmuto. It ripped off his mask and he immediately went to his knees and was tended to by a team athletic trainer. Realmuto stayed in the game for the remainder of the half-inning and exited before his scheduled at-bat in the bottom of the inning.
“You take a couple (foul balls) like that back-to-back and it’s scary,” Fuld said. “We're really encouraged by the news that he’s symptom-free.”
As a precaution, Realmuto was held out of Thursday’s starting lineup, but he was technically available for action, if needed. Andrew Knapp started at catcher.
In other injury news, first baseman Rhys Hoskins had an MRI on his injured groin. There were no immediate results, but the Phillies remain hopeful he will be activated when eligible Tuesday in Arizona.
Zach Eflin, who has not pitched since July 16 because of right knee tendinitis, continues to move in the right direction, albeit slowly. He threw a 38-pitch bullpen session on Thursday and hopes to be pitching competitively, possibly in a minor-league rehab setting, in the next week or two. Fuld said the team hopes to have Eflin back before the end of the month.
Eflin said he was pain-free and able to drive off the mound with full force during his bullpen workout.