Rhys Hoskins sat out both games of the Phillies’ doubleheader with the Marlins today due to an “achy forearm,” as manager Joe Girardi described the problem to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Corey Seidman and other reporters. X-rays were negative on Hoskins’ forearm, though he will undergo an MRI perhaps as early as Monday.
This is the latest in a swarm of bad injury news that has hit the Phillies in just the last two days. Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, Zack Wheeler, and Spencer Howard (the only one on the injured list for now) have all been sidelined with various issues, and the seriousness of any of these injuries has yet to be truly determined.
The good news in Hoskins’ case is that he told The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro and other reporters that his forearm was already feeling better today after receiving some treatment, and (assuming the MRI is clean) hopefully can return to the lineup as early as Monday. Hoskins said he suffered the injury while trying to make a catch in Saturday’s game.
The first baseman has been one of Philadelphia’s best hitters, batting .245/.384/.503 with 10 home runs over 185 plate appearances. After bursting onto the scene in 2017, Hoskins’ hard-hit ball numbers had been on the decline in 2018-19, though Statcast indicates he is again making strong contact. Hoskins’ 14.8% barrel rate puts him in the 92nd percentile of all players, while his .388 xwOBA puts him in the 90th percentile. Mostly importantly, Hoskins is just about making the most of that contact, with a .376 xOBA only slightly below his xwOBA. The slugger has also continued to capitalize on free passes, posting one of the league’s better walk rates for the second consecutive season.