Phillies lost Rhys Hoskins Almost certainly for the entire season. Philadelphia announced Thursday night that the veteran first baseman tore his ACL in his left knee. He will have surgery on an unspecified day. Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations, is scheduled to meet with the media tomorrow morning to discuss the situation.
Hoskins was injured this morning against the Tigers in spring training. Austin Meadows Chopper who pushed him into the outfield grass. After the ball kicked the glove, Hoskins scrambled to try and retrieve it, but he immediately collapsed in pain (video courtesy) on Twitter by Chris Brown of Woodward Sports Network). The club had to call Kurt to get him off the field. Manager Rob Thomson later noted that Hoskins was able to walk the clubhouse, but images revealed devastating injuries.
It’s a terrifying development for both the team and the players. Hoskins was set to occupy the typical middle-order lineup spot for the defending National League champions. A paragon of consistent offense, he has hit his 27–34 homers in all his four seasons in the MLB. The Hoskins pair are enhanced with positive walk totals that more than make up for their slightly higher-than-average strikeout rate. Even after considering Philadelphia’s hitter-friendly home park, he was a well above average offensive player throughout his career.
Hoskins is finishing his typical season. He appeared in 156 regular-season games, batting .246/.332/.462 with 30 home runs. 159 batting average and .205 on-base percentage in the playoffs, but hit six home runs in 73 postseason PAs.
This type of power production would have been particularly important to Filth early in the 2023 campaign. Bryce Harper He is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will start the year on the disabled list. Philadelphia has no immediate plans to send his two-time MVP to his 60-day IL run, but the club hopes to have him back around the time of his All-Star break. only. They’ve now lost two of his best hitters earlier this year, and in Hoskins’ case, probably for the entire season.
The Phils have added and signed another star position player this offseason. trea turner to a $300 million deal. Phils has two more traditional sluggers in his signature last winter. Kyle Schwarber and Nick CastellanosSchwalber is about to finish the season with 46 home runs in his first year at the club. Meanwhile, Castellanos struggled on the .263/.305/.389 line in the first season of his five-year contract. With Hoskins out, Castellanos will have Turner, Schwalber, JT Real Mute And finally Harper joined the line-up.
In the near future, the Phils will have to sort out how playing time at first base is distributed. Darrick HallHall, a left-handed power bat, appeared in his first 42 games in MLB last season. 522 in 142 at-bats, connecting with his nine long balls. It’s a promising start, but only his 3.5% walk rate and his high 31% strikeout rate contributed to a .282 OBP. Hall is a Triple-A Lehi.
With the exception of Hall, the Phils could occasionally give first base rep to either Schwalber or Castellano. Josh Harrison again Kody Clemens Can take a few plate appearances, but unlikely to hit enough to play regularly. Alec Baum Across the diamond — especially if you want right-handed Bohm to take a few reps out of the hole against left-handed pitches — Harrison or Edmund Sosa In hot corners for defensive purposes. Realmoot also looks likely to get some starts on the day Phils wants him off the back of the dish.
If Philadelphia moves out of the organization, Miguel Sano Standing at the top of the independent first baseman. Other players should be available as teams make roster cuts.Brewers may need to decide minor league signatories Luke Voight and out of options Hiura KestonMarlins may soon have to decide whether to keep invitees outside roster Yuri Gurriel Or allow him to retest the market. The Phillies’ brass figures offer insight into their plans for the next few days.
Add to that the difficulty of losing an entire season in championship contenders, and for Hoskins personally, it’s hard to picture his worst time due to injuries of this nature. One of the top bats in the player class for shallow free agent positions, he seemed like the obvious choice to turn down a qualified offer and sign a lucrative multi-year contract. Instead, he may need to sign a pillow deal to re-establish himself before testing the market again in the 2024-25 offseason. Josh Bell and Trey ManciniYou can opt out of each contract signed this winter.