We interrupt all things Colangelo to bring you some Phillies news. It appears that left fielder Rhys Hoskins is headed for the disabled list:
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
As it turns out, fouling a baseball directly off of your face can be hazardous to your health:
Rhys Hoskins the victim of FREAK play… pic.twitter.com/DWTR55dohH
— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) May 29, 2018
Not much of a surprise here. What is a bit surprising, however, is that Hoskins pinch hit during the ninth inning of last night’s 6-1 win over the Dodgers. Gabe Kapler spoke about Hoskins’ at-bat after the game:
Rhys we wanted to get right back on the bike. We wanted to give him an opportunity to get out there and feel comfortable in the batter’s box. He wanted to be out there and I think that’s important. Interesting some pitches up and in tested him a little bit, so we feel good about the outcome with Rhys for a number of reasons.
Yeah, definitely. Whenever you can send a guy with a broken face up there to get some hacks in and get buzzed by a couple of 95 mph Daniel Hudson fastballs, you’ve gotta do it. Right?
To be fair, Kapler most certainly would not have sent Hoskins to the plate had the organization felt he was seriously injured, but that is exactly the problem. It’s great that Hoskins wanted to “get right back on the bike,” but perhaps the team should have, you know, put the bike in the garage for the night and waited to conduct and obtain the results of seemingly important testing before letting him ride it again. I’m not privy to the medical process here, but that he appeared in the game at all is baffling. He was in the midst of a horrendous month that saw him post a .525 OPS in 87 at-bats, and he arguably needed a day off, anyway. Had one of Hudson’s pitches connected with his face, it could have very well been the end of his season, or worse.
There’s been no word on who might take Hoskins’ roster spot should he land on the disabled list, but the Phillies’ options are seemingly limited. Andrew Pullin, who is hitting .171 in 36 games at Lehigh Valley, was a late scratch in the Iron Pigs’ lineup this evening. Dylan Cozens, who has immense power, but struggles to put the ball in play is another option. Nick Williams will likely assume the bulk of playing time. Stay tuned.