Phillies Injury Updates: JT Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins, and Zach Eflin
Ranger Suarez and the Phillies were able to salvage a series and avoid the sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers today, winning the finale 2-1. Before the game, they dished out some injury updates on a few key players as they enter mid-August in first place, looking for their first postseason appearance in a decade.
JT Realmuto left the game in the bottom of the first inning after taking two foul balls off his face mask. When a player in Major League Baseball leaves a game with two blows to the head, they are immediately ushered into the MLB-mandated concussion protocol.
The Phillies got some good news today, with JT Realmuto coming out of the doctors office with no concussion. Realmtuo was eligible to play today off the bench but did not enter the game.
Rhys Hoskins is currently on the 10-Day Injured List and will be eligible to return when the Phillies open up a series against the Arizona Diamond Backs next Tuesday. Hoskins was killing it before getting hurt, slashing .327/.450/.714 with 16 hits, four home runs, and 13 RBI over his last 15 games. Filling his roster spot, the Phillies have called back up Mickey Moniak, who continues to move back and forth between Lehigh and the majors.
Zach Eflin has not pitched since July 16th because of right knee tendinitis but is now (finally) moving in the right direction. Eflin threw a 38-pitch bullpen session today with no issues. He hopes to throw a full session within the next week or two, possibly in a minor league rehab assignment. The Phillies plan to have Eflin back before the end of the month.
With Eflin back, the Phillies rotation will really take shape heading into September. Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, Zach Eflin, Kyle Gibson, and Ranger Suarez is the best version of the starting rotation that we’ll see all season and it could not come at a better time, as the Phillies make a push for Red October.
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The Phillies will open up a three game series against the Cincinnati Reds tomorrow at 7:05pm. Zack Wheeler will be on the mound. RING IT.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer