The Marlins announced on Tuesday that catcher J.T. Realmuto has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. He’ll be behind the plate tonight as the Marlins take on the Yankees in New York.
Realmuto, 27, began the season on the disabled list due to a bone bruise in his back he suffered in mid-march during a Grapefruit League game against… the Yankees.
Realmuto ranked among the game’s most productive catchers last year, accruing 3.6 Wins Above Replacement (per Baseball Reference), largely due to a solid .278/.332/.451 line with 17 home runs and 65 RBI in 579 plate appearances.
Chad Wallach and Bryan Holaday had been handling catching duties while Realmuto was out. The two — plus Tomas Telis, who had five plate appearances as a catcher — combined to hit .169/.246/.203. Wallach was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans to create roster space for Realmuto.
Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.
Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.
Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.