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Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto to undergo season-ending knee surgery

With the Phillies officially out of playoff contention, the All-Star catcher will undergo a meniscus cleanup.

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Two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto will miss the rest of the 2019 season (all five days of it) to undergo a meniscus cleanup procedure on his right knee, the team announced Wednesday:

This brings a slightly premature ending to a great 2019 season for Realmuto, who made the NL All-Star team for the second straight season and starred in his first campaign with the Phillies. He finishes the season ranking first among MLB catchers (minimum 200 plate appearances) in fWAR (5.7), RBIs (83), and stolen bases (nine), fourth in home runs (25), and fifth in average (.275) and slugging (.493).

Realmuto joins a lengthy list of Phillies players with season-ending injuries: Victor Arano, Jake Arrieta, Corey Dickerson Jerad Eickhoff, Tommy Hunter, Andrew McCutchen, Adam Morgan, Pat Neshek, and David Robertson. Jay Bruce is also limited to pinch-hitting duty, while Seranthony Dominguez, Juan Nicasio, and Roman Quinn are on the injured list and are unlikely to appear again with the season being so close to its conclusion.