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Cozens heads for L.A. to join the Phillies

Dylan Cozens bats for Lehigh Valley in a game against the Pawtucket Red Sox on May 9, 2018. (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)

While nothing official has been announced, Tom Housenick of The Morning Call is reporting that Dylan Cozens will be recalled by the Phillies and could make his major league debut as early as May 31st, which ironically, is his 24th birthday.

It’s likely that Cozens would take the place of Rhys Hoskins, who appears headed for the DL with a jaw fracture. Ironically, the two were a minor league version of the bash brothers with both Reading and Lehigh Valley when they were teammates on the two teams.

On the eve of his birthday, Cozens hit his 10th home run of the season in the IronPigs 5-0 win over the Charlotte Knights Wednesday night. On the season, Cozens is hitting 10-25-.226/.325/.440 with Lehigh Valley. Earlier this month Cozens was named the Phillies Minor League Batter of the Week after homering three times in a game against Syracuse on May 2nd. During that week he hit .370 with a 1.245 OPS and six RBI.

Late last month Lehigh Valley lost second baseman Jesmuel Valentin to the Phillies and earlier on Wednesday, Mitch Walding had his contract purchased by the Phillies when Pedro Florimon went on the DL with a broken foot.

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