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USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale breaks down the MLB’s new health and safety protocols. USA TODAY

J.T. Realmuto would never have dreamed spring training with the Philadelphia Phillies would begin like this after signing his five-year, $115.5 million contract.

On Wednesday’s first day for pitchers and catchers, Realmuto learned that he’d fractured a small bone at the bottom of his right thumb six days earlier on a low Jose Alvarado breaking ball that hit the thumb when he slid over to catch it during a bullpen session in Clearwater, Florida.

Realmuto said he thought he had a bone bruise when he had difficulty throwing the ball Wednesday after being able to hit “without any problem.” He said he was “pretty shook”

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