Let’s roll— Rhys Hoskins (@rhyshoskins) June 9, 2018
In order to make room on the active roster, rookie outfielder Dylan Cozens was sent to the DL himself with a strained left quad. Cozens left Friday’s game early due to the injury.
In Hoskins, the Phillies and their fans have a welcome sight returning to the field. The last few weeks of action leading up to his injury, sustained after fouling off a Kenley Jansen pitch into his face two weeks ago, were Hoskins’s most prolonged struggles in the Majors by a long shot. In getting some time off, we’re all obviously hopeful that the cobwebs have cleared, and Rhys can get back to working pitchers the way we’ve been accustomed to seeing. His season line stands at .233/.363/.415 with 6 HR in 216 PA.
For Cozens, this has to be a bit of a disappointment. The left-handed slugger had just 11 PA before getting hurt, but one among those was an unforgettable standout: His first career homer, at Wrigley Field, that temporarily gave the Phillies the lead in the ninth inning. Tough to top that. If there’s a silver lining to be found, it’s the Cozens will, presumably, be able to stick with the team as he recovers, and help himself get further acquainted to life as a Major Leaguer.
Hoskins will play left field and bat second in Saturday afternoon’s game, the latter of those two while decked out in a stylish, double-flapped helmet to protect his jaw. Here’s hoping he hits a homer or six.