What Is Next For The Phillies With Rhys Hoskins On The DL?
The Phillies are currently Third in the NL East standings with a 30-23 record and they must work to stay in contention without Rhys Hoskins who has landed on the Disabled List with a Broken Jaw. With three players now on the DL, the Phillies have called up Dylan Cozens to add depth in the Outfield. In Hoskins absence, the expectation is to see more playing time for Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr; but both young Outfielders have struggled this season. Williams has compiled a .229 Batting Average with Six Home Runs, 14 RBI and 32 Strikeouts while Altherr has not hit much better with a .195 Batting Average, Five Home Runs, 24 RBI, and 46 Strikeouts.
USA Today Baseball Writer Steve Gardner joined Rich Quinones on Thursday discussing what is next for the Phillies without Rhys Hoskins in the lineup:
"Altherr and Williams can step right in - At the beginning of the season there was a concern about a logjam of outfielders and not enough playing time to keep everybody fresh. At least now we’re going to see those two guys plus Odubel Herrera pretty much start every game. We’ll see how they respond....The Phillies have built up the wins and the nice winning percentage so far that they can afford to kind of wait things out maybe a little bit longer than they would have if they just started off as a .500 team or a little bit below. At this point, they have the depth within the organization to cover things. Maybe later in the year they could be players for somebody (via trade)"
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