Philadelphia Phillies activate J.T. Realmuto (hand) from IL

May 7, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman J.T. Realmuto (10) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies activated catcher J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day injured list in time for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The two-time All-Star catcher, 30, had been sidelined because of a left-hand contusion.

Realmuto, hitting .294 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 35 games this season, was originally hurt on April 29 on a game-ending wild pitch in a loss in St. Louis to the Cardinals. He sat out two games before returning, only to aggravate the injury May 16 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

In a corresponding move, the Phillies optioned catcher Rafael Marchan to Triple A-Lehigh Valley. Marchan 22, appeared in four games for the Phillies, hitting .231 (3-for-13).

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The Phillies play a rare Saturday-Sunday only series against the Rays, then will head to Cincinnati for three games against the Reds. Philadelphia is 4-6 in the past 10 games.

–Field Level Media