The Phillies felt the loss of first baseman Rhys Hoskins down the stretch of this abbreviated season. Hoskins had been lost to a strained UCL in his left (non-throwing) elbow but the Phillies had hoped he could return for at least the final weekend of the season. The return never happened and last Friday, Hoskins had Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL.
Obviously, the first concern is whether Hoskins will be ready for spring training and opening day. Both could be in jeopardy with the team putting Hoskins rehab time at four to six months. Six months would take his rehab right up to the beginning of the regular season, but he would also need time to condition for the season, so if the recovery has any setbacks, he could open the season on the IL. Obviously, had the injury been to Hoskin’s throwing arm, the return may have been longer.
One possibility is a short-term move of third baseman Alec Bohm to first to open the season. They could add depth at the position through signing a low-level free agent, making a waiver claim or a trade.
Hoskins, 27, played in 41 of the Phillies 60 games this season, posting a line of 10-26-.245/.384/.503.