The Phillies wound up putting two prospects – including their top prospect – on the DL. Outfielder Dylan Cozens injured a quad muscle making a play on Friday and left the game early. At least the Phillies didn’t have any questions about who would take Cozens’ place on the roster as they activated Rhys Hoskins from the DL after he took batting practice wearing a special batting helmet with double flaps to protect his fractured jaw and said he would be able to play wearing the device. The special double flap helmet protects both sides of his jaw and is the first of its kind to be used in the majors.
The helmet obviously didn’t seem to affect Hoskins negatively as he homered in his first at-bat back in the lineup.
Sanchez, 19, was placed on the DL with the Clearwater Threshers due to right elbow inflammation. While he’s officially on the 10-day DL, it’s likely that Sanchez won’t throw for at least a couple weeks and will be evaluated again after that time to determine if he can resume a throwing regimen. Sanchez hasn’t had any other injury issues throughout his short professional career and the Phillies believe the injury isn’t serious but they also don’t want to take any chances with the right-hander.
Ironically, Sanchez threw a seven-inning complete game for Clearwater on June 3rd and allowed just two hits and two walks on just 73 pitches. On the season he has made eight starts for the Threshers and is 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA on the season. In 46 2/3 innings, he’s struck out 45 batters and has walked just 11 hitters while holding opposing batters to a .224 average this season.
The Phillies signed Sanchez as an amateur free agent in February of 2015.
Cozens had 11 plate appearances in five games with the Phillies. He had one home run and two RBI and was hitting .222 in the majors.