Rhys Hoskins

Phillies Slugger Rhys Hoskins Out for Season, Headed for Surgery

Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins will have surgery to repair an abdominal tear. He will miss the remainder of the season.

Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins out for season, headed for surgery originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The news on Rhys Hoskins continues to get worse.

A couple of hours after he was placed on the injured list with a lingering groin strain Thursday, he arrived in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park and told reporters his season was over. 

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The 28-year-old first baseman will have surgery to repair an abdominal tear. The surgery, he said, could be performed as soon as next week. 

“It’s frustrating. It’s upsetting,” he said. “You want to be out there with your team, especially at this time of year. There’s been a lot of effort by a lot of people the last couple of weeks to make sure that was an option and I’m very appreciative of that. It just didn’t go as planned. It stinks. It really stinks. But at least by getting the surgery now, I will have a full off-season to prepare (for 2022).” 

Losing Hoskins is a big blow to the Phillies’ offense. He hits in the middle of the order and leads the team in homers (27) and RBIs (71). 

Hoskins revealed that he’d been dealing with a low-grade abdominal tear all season. It worsened in July and recently required him to go on the injured list.

Hoskins said he was expecting to have off-season surgery even before he came off the injured list Sunday and hit two home runs in San Diego. He hit another one Wednesday night but had mobility issues at first base. An MRI performed on Thursday showed the injury had worsened slightly. Shut down time. 

“It was a risk we were willing to take,” Hoskins said of playing through the injury. “We got to the point where we knew a procedure was necessary and (playing) wasn’t going to change the recovery time. 

“It never hurt to hit. That was the dilemma we had.” 

Recovery time is six to eight weeks. Hoskins has been treated by William Meyers, a Philadelphia-based surgeon who specializes in abdomen injuries. Meyers has operated on Miguel Cabrera, Mike Hampton and even Phillies general manager Sam Fuld during his playing days.

Manager Joe Girardi said the team had not decided how it would fill Hoskins’ spot in the lineup. Brad Miller got the start at first base Thursday night against Arizona. Girardi declined to discuss other options and whether one might include playing Alec Bohm at the position. Bohm is currently playing at Triple A. 

As if the news on Hoskins wasn’t bad enough, the Phillies also learned about four hours before Thursday night’s game that Zach Eflin’s right knee tendinitis had flared up again. He was scratched from his scheduled start against Arizona. Matt Moore got the start. Eflin had been activated from the IL earlier in the day.

Hoskins also missed the end of the 2020 season with a left elbow injury that required off-season surgery.

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