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Philadelphia Phillies place J.T. Realmuto (hand) on 10-day IL

May 14, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN;  Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter J.T. Realmuto (10) walks in the seventh inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter J.T. Realmuto (10) walks in the seventh inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The struggling Philadelphia Phillies will play the next few games without star catcher J.T. Realmuto, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday because of a left hand contusion.

The move is retroactive to May 18, meaning the two-time All-Star catcher may only miss another week at minimum.

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 at St. Louis. He sat out two games before returning, only to aggravate the injury Saturday at Toronto.

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In a corresponding move, the Phillies activated veteran outfielder Matt Joyce from the IL after he was sidelined since May 5 because of a strained right calf. Joyce has just three hits in 30 at-bats this season.

The Phillies entered their series opener against the host Boston Red Sox on Friday having lost four of their past five games.

–Field Level Media