UPDATE: Rhys Hoskins did wind up on the DL, but will not need surgery to repair the fractured jaw. He and the team believe that his stint on the DL won’t be very long.
After Tweeting that he was doing okay and even joking about his injury, Rhys Hoskins underwent a CT scan that showed he actually wasn’t doing as well as first thought. The scan revealed that a ball fouled off by Hoskins and into his face fractured his jaw in addition to giving him the dime-sized cut on the inside of his lip.
Actually, Hoskins declined to have a flap attached to his batting helmet – like the cool kids have – for a pinch-hitting assignment one night after the injury. In that pinch-hitting appearance, Hoskins delivered a double and scored a run. Dodgers team doctors had cleared Hoskins to play but the Phillies decided to have the CT scan done just to be sure there was nothing more to the injury.
After the CT scan, Hoskins flew back to Philadelphia to be examined by a specialist to determine whether the injury will require surgery. He’ll be seen by the specialist on Thursday.
“It makes it a little bit tougher knowing that I can play with little to no pain,” Hoskins told reporters prior to leaving Los Angeles on Wednesday. “But you have to put your health first at some point. It’s just an unfortunate situation.”
Hoskins has had a rough second month of the season. After putting together a slash line of 3-16-.278/.442/.468 in March/April, Hoskins was hitting just 2-9-.161/.253/.299 in 24 games in May.
While he hasn’t officially been placed on the DL, it’s likely that he won’t be able to avoid missing time because of the injury even if it doesn’t require surgery.
There was speculation Wednesday that outfielder Andrew Pullin might have his contract purchased from Lehigh Valley. Pullin – hitting 2-11-.171/.224/.291 with Lehigh Valley – was a late scratch from the IronPigs lineup on Wednesday and at one point had actually changed out of his uniform. He was later seen back in uniform and on the Lehigh Valley bench during their 5-0 win over Charlotte. Dylan Cozens, who is already on the Phillies 40-man roster, would be another possible replacement if and when Hoskins is placed on the DL. Cozens hit his 10th home run of the season in Lehigh Valley’s win Wednesday night.