J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins both had MRI exams on Monday, according to the Phillies. Results were not available as the Phillies began play against the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon. It’s possible that manager Joe Girardi could provide an update after the game.
Realmuto and Hoskins were both out of the lineup for the third straight game. Both were hurt on Saturday night. Realmuto left that game with hip soreness. Hoskins injured his left forearm on a play at first base.
Utility man Phil Gosselin started at first base in place of Hoskins, who had been red-hot at the plate before his injury.
Rookie Rafael Marchan got his first start behind the plate in place of Realmuto. It was quite a jump for the 21-year-old Marchan, who had previously played just 22 games above the low Class A level of professional ball. He singled in his first at-bat.
The Phillies' catching depth took a hit even before Realmuto’s injury. Deivy Grullon, who hit 42 homers and drove in 136 runs the previous two seasons at Double A and Triple A, was designated for assignment two weeks ago and claimed on waivers by Boston. Grullon, 24, appeared in four games with the Phillies late last season.
Marchan had no homers in 765 professional at-bats before this season. The strength of his game is defense and Girardi became a big fan of that in spring training.
“The kid does a lot of things right,” Girardi said in spring training. “He doesn’t have to show power. He just has to hit, become an adequate hitter, or he could become a really good hitter. Take his walks, handle the bat. Defensively, he’s going to save you runs by catching. Those are RBIs for me. He’s going to save you a lot of runs catching.”
In other news, Scott Kingery was activated from the injured list. He started at second base.
The Phillies took an early 1-0 lead on a leadoff homer by Andrew McCutchen. The Marlins tied it in the second.