Does Rhys Hoskins need surgery?
Rhys Hoskins was injured on an awkward tag Saturday night in Miami. He’s currently on the injured list and eligible to return next week. The injury was terrible timing for Hoskins. Over his last 22 games, he was hitting .275 with nine homers, 19 RBIs and a .979 OPS.
With Hoskins out, Alec Bohm has moved from third base to first base. Jean Segura has moved from second to third and Scott Kingery is playing second.
If he is able to return, he will be back for the final 4 games of the regular season and ideally, the playoffs. Unfortunately, this type of injury is not that simple. Hoskins’ grip will determine whether he can start swinging a bat by next week. If he’s able to grip, then he’ll be able to move forward with batting practice and ultimately, get back into the lineup.
So let’s say it doesn’t improve. Hoskins will then have to continue to wait to see if there’s any progress in healing so he can make it back for the playoffs. If that doesn’t work, Hoskins can rest and rehab his elbow during the offseason or face the reality of having surgery.
Tommy John surgery is no joke. For a pitcher, the average recovery time can take 12 to 14 months minimum to heal. Fortunately for position players the average recovery time tends to be half as long as pitchers.
Good news for Hoskins, the injury to his elbow is on his non-throwing hand, so recovery time could even be quicker than that. Note: Didi Gregorius and Andrew Knapp both had Tommy John Surgery.
The Phillies will definitely miss Rhys Hoskins during the final stretch. Only time will tell if we see the Big Fella back on the field in 2020.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer