J.T. Realmuto was back in Joe Girardi’s lineup for the first time this spring on Tuesday.
Simply put, it didn’t take the two-time All-Star long to make his presence known.
In his first at-bat in a Grapefruit League game this year, Realmuto quickly put any lingering concerns about his right thumb to bed, launching a solo home run:
You don’t want to make too much about one at-bat, but the fact that the 30-year-old homered in his first plate appearance this spring gives you a pretty good feeling that he’ll be in the lineup when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves on April 1 to begin the season.
Acquired in a blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins in February of 2019, Realmuto re-signed with the Phillies this offseason for five years and $115.5 million.
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