Despite Double Tuesday Night, Phillies OF Hoskins Has Broken Jaw
For a couple days, it appeared that Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins had dodged a serious injury after fouling a ball off of his face on Monday night in the ninth inning. Hoskins appeared as a pinch hitter on Tuesday night. But alas, the diagnosis was not all positive.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported on Wednesday evening that a CT scan revealed a fracture in his jaw. Hoskins is headed back to Philadelphia for further evaluation and could potentially have surgery.
The Phillies earlier in the day summoned Mitch Walding from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Pedro Florimon, who broke his ankle in the first inning on Tuesday evening when he too fouled a pitch onto his body.
Outfielder Dylan Cozens is the lone member of the Phillies 40-man roster left among position players. He could join the Phillies temporarily until shortstop J.P. Crawford returns from the disabled list. Crawford began a rehab assignment last night. Rehab assignments for position players last as many as 20 days.
Then the Phillies could choose from Walding and Cozens when Crawford returns. The versatility of Scott Kingery gives the Phillies a right-handed outfield option, while the Phillies can field an outfield of Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera and Nick Williams.
There is no stated timetable for how long Hoskins will be out.