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Rise and Phight: 3/22/2021

We almost got our first J.T. Realmuto appearance of the Spring. Almost.

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One day J.T. Realmuto will see the field. Sunday was not that day.
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The Phillies took on the Tigers Sunday afternoon and lost 5-3. Chase Anderson got the start and gave up four runs in 3.2 innings. But the bigger news was that J.T. Realmuto was originally scheduled to get the start at designated hitter, but was later scratched due to “soreness.”

And now for today’s links:

Phillies news

Will Realmuto be in the Opening Day lineup? Joe Girardi was asked what would have to happen first.

With all the talk of the increased velocity coming out of the Phillies bullpen, is there still room for the soft-throwing Tony Watson?

Matt Klentak may not have built a playoff roster during his time as general manager, but he did make some good moves while he was in charge.

MLB news

Wondering what players might be available on the trade market this season? Bleacher Report lists each team’s best trade chip. You might be surprised who they list for the Phillies.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez thinks Josh Bell is going to provide a major boost to the Nats’ lineup in 2021.

The Mets’ expected pursuit of J.T. Realmuto in free agency never materialized, but they say they’re very happy with having James McCann man the catcher position.