Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto loses his cast, remains on track for opening day

J.T. Realmuto is still not hitting or throwing, but he made progress Friday and remains on track for the start of the season. The catcher’s cast was removed from his right hand and his fractured thumb is now placed in a splint, allowing him to ramp up his rehabilitation program. Manager Joe Girardi said Realmuto is hitting with one hand and able to mimic a throwing motion without a ball. It’s progress. “He’s on track for us,” Girardi said. “This was a good sign and we’ll just have to see how the rehab continues to go.” Two days before Realmuto lost his cast, catcher Rafael Marchan tweaked his …

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