The Philadelphia Phillies revealed that first baseman Rhys Hoskins tore an ACL in a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Surgery will be required, so Hoskins will likely miss the entire 2023 season.
No date has been set for the surgery. Team president Dave Dombrowski is expected to speak to the media on Friday to share additional details.
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In the top of the second inning against the Tigers, Hoskins grounded out to him, and it seemed to be a routine play. As the ball hit his glove, Hoskins’ left knee gave out and he fell to the right-field grass.
Hoskins was clutching his knee as paramedics rushed onto the field after the non-contact injury. He was taken out while his teammates looked on.
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There have been other freak non-contact injuries leading up to opening day, which is a week away. In the World Baseball Classic, New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz was jumping up and down celebrating Puerto Rico’s victory when he fell. Tests revealed that he had a patellar tendon injury that could sideline him for the year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers lost Gavin Lux in a spring training game against the San Diego Padres earlier this spring after he buckled his knee while running to third base on a routine ground ball. He tore his ACL and is missing for the season.
Hoskins played a key role in helping the Phillies reach the World Series last season. His famous swing of the bat after hitting a home run in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves is a moment baseball fans will long remember about the 2022 season.
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Manager Rob Thomson now has some decisions to make, but the Phillies have depth to fill the void. Alec Bohm is likely to take up his first baseman’s mitt a lot more this season, moving from third baseman to first baseman.
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That could move Bryson Stott from second to third with veteran infielder Josh Harrison playing second base. Thomson could also have Edmundo Sosa start at third while Bohm plays first.