Phillies: How Rhys Hoskins’ IL stint impacts the club

Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies have placed Rhys Hoskins on the Injured List and recalled Mickey Moniak

The Philadelphia Phillies are on a roll lately, so the last thing they need is one of their stars getting hurt and going on the Injured List.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what just happened.

Rhys Hoskins‘ groin strain has officially sidelined him. The Athletic’s Matt Gelb reports that Hoskins went through batting practice and took grounders, but “didn’t respond like they wanted.”

Minutes later, the Phillies made the official announcement:

Hoskins’ IL stint is retroactive to August 7, so he can be activated as early as August 17.

In his stead, former first-overall pick Mickey Moniak rejoins the big-league squad. In 12 games with the Phillies this year, he’s hitting .115/.207/.231 with a .438 OPS. He has three hits and 13 strikeouts in 26 at-bats, including his first major league home run.

We can’t pretend this isn’t a significant blow to the Phillies lineup. In 26 games dating back to July 2, Hoskins is hitting .318/.438/.718 with a 1.156 OPS, 13 doubles, seven home runs, and 24 RBI.

Hoskins was essential to the two back-to-back sweeps the Phillies just pulled off: a .435/.500/.957 slash line, 1.457 OPS, three doubles and three homers, nine RBI, and only four strikeouts over seven games.

Like his teammate Bryce Harper, Hoskins has really heated up in the second half of the season. Over the first month of the season, he was hitting .231/.273/.529 with a .802 OPS. Not bad, by any means, but it’s worth noting that as Hoskins and Harper have improved, so have the Phils.

The Phillies aren’t favored to win the series opener on Tuesday, but it’s safe to say their chances just got even worse.

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