This month of May has been one Rhys Hoskins would like to forget.
Hoskins injured himself in the 9th inning of Monday’s 5-4 loss to the Dodgers, fouling a Kenley Jansen pitch off his face.
Prior to Tuesday, Hoskins said he felt fine and that he had a cut in his lip.
All good guys, just a liiiiiittle swollen. Thanks for reaching out!— Rhys Hoskins (@rhyshoskins) May 29, 2018
On the positive side I’ll get to wear a helmet flap like the cool kids now #GoPhils
Obviously, something has changed as we learn the injury is worse than originally thought.
Rhys Hoskins has fracture on jaw. Likely to go on DL, Kapler said.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) May 30, 2018
Manager Gabe Kapler said Hoskins will fly to Philadelphia to see the team physician for further evaluation. No decision has been made on whether he will have surgery or not.
Interestingly, the Phillies let Hoskins hit as a pinch-hitter in last night’s game. He hit a double off Daniel Hudson.
Hoskins has had a brutal month of May at the plate, hitting just .161/.253/.299 this month, but has been a top-of-the-order hitter for the Phils since his call-up last September, and was one of the players expected to pace the Phillies offense this season.
His injury does relieve the logjam that has bottled up playing time in the outfield this season. One would expect Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera and Nick Williams to play almost every day, with the team likely to call up Andrew Pullin or Dylan Cozens as a 4th outfielder.
This is a tough blow for a young player who may be out of action for a while.