The Phillies will probably be without Rhys Hoskins for a little bit, as the rookie left fielder is “likely” to hit the disabled list with a fractured jaw, manager Gabe Kepler told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Rhys Hoskins is a likely DL situation, Gabe Kapler said. A CAT scan revealed a fracture in the jaw. Hoskins will fly to Philly to see team physician for further evaluation. There are surgical and non-surgical options for recovery.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 30, 2018
Hoskins suffered the injury after fouling a ball off his face in the ninth inning of Monday’s 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. According to Zolecki, the Dodgers’ team physician cleared Hoskins to play on Tuesday, and Hoskins managed to hit a pinch-hit double and score a run in the ninth inning of Philadelphia’s 6-1 win.
However, as Zolecki points out in his latest tweet, Hoskins is going to go back to Philadelphia to see the team doctor for further evaluation and discuss a plan for him to recover.
It’s a tough blow for Hoskins and the young Phillies.
The 25-year-old Hoskins slashed .303/.457/.528 with four home runs and 19 RBI in his first 116 plate appearances to start the season while helping the Phillies battle with the Braves for first place in the NL East. Since then, Hoskins has had a hard time producing at the plate, slashing .151/.245/.279 with two homers and nine RBI in 99 plate appearances.
Depending on how long he will be out, the Phillies will look to Nick Williams to patrol left field for them.