Knapp (ribs) is in the lineup for Thursday's spring game against the Rays, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Knapp's rib injury has limited him to just one at-bat this spring, but he is ready to get behind the plate, and will do so Thursday. Despite the late start, Knapp -- barring any setbacks -- is on track to open the season as the Phillies' backup catcher.
Knapp (rib cage) is expected to catch before the end of the week, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Knapp has been slowed by an injured muscle in his rib cage since early in camp. He got his first at-bat Monday against the Yankees as a pinch hitter and should be able to catch soon, though time is getting tight for him to be in game shape by Opening Day. The Phillies are evidently confident he'll be able to do so, however, as they optioned Deivy Grullon, the team's third catcher, on Monday.
Knapp has yet to swing a bat since tweaking his rib cage over a week ago, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Knapp's injury initially appeared to be minor, though the fact that he's still being held back from swinging a bat is at least a slight concern. He's been able to do some drills, catch bullpens and play catch, so the delay may just stem from an abundance of caution by the Phillies early in camp. If the issue lasts long enough that Knapp can't build up in time for Opening Day, expect Deivy Grullon to make the team as the backup catcher behind J.T. Realmuto.
Knapp tweaked his left rib cage on a swing Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Knapp didn't appear to be significantly injured upon an initial evaluation but will be checked out more thoroughly Thursday. Knapp lines up as the backup catcher behind J.T. Realmuto this season, provided he can hold of Deivy Grullon for the job.
Knapp and the Phillies agreed to terms on a one-year, $710,000 contract Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Knapp will remain in Philadelphia while avoiding arbitration. He looks set to again fill a low-usage backup role behind J.T. Realmuto. He's not a particularly appealing fantasy option should Realmuto get injured, as he owns a career .223/.327/.336 slash line with nine homers in 579 big-league plate appearances.