Rhys Hoskins, the first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, has torn his ACL in his left knee during spring training. The injury is a serious setback for the Phillies as they prepare for the upcoming season.
News of the injury was announced on Monday by Phillies manager Joe Girardi. Hoskins injured his knee while trying to catch a foul ball during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Girardi said that Hoskins had an MRI on Sunday which confirmed the tear in his ACL.
The 27-year-old first baseman will undergo surgery to repair the injury and is expected to miss the entire 2022 season. The loss of Hoskins is a huge blow to the Phillies’ offense as he was one of their best hitters in 2021.
Last season, Hoskins hit .247 with 26 home runs and 71 RBI’s in 129 games. He was a key part of the Phillies’ lineup and played an important role in their push for the playoffs. Without him, the team will have to rely on other players to step up and fill the void.
The news of Hoskins’ injury is especially devastating given the high hopes for the Phillies this year. The team made several key acquisitions during the offseason, including the signing of All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson and the trade for pitcher Jose Quintana.
However, injuries have been a problem for the Phillies in recent years. In 2021, they lost key players like Bryce Harper, Jean Segura, and Didi Gregorius to injuries, which derailed their season. With Hoskins now out for the year, the team will have to overcome another major obstacle if they hope to compete for a playoff spot.
Despite the setback, Girardi remains confident in his team’s ability to compete. In a press conference, he said that the Phillies have a deep roster and that they will find a way to overcome the loss of Hoskins.
“We’ve dealt with this before, and we’ll deal with it again,” Girardi said. “We have a lot of talented players on this team, and I know they’ll step up and fill the void left by Rhys’ injury. We’re a resilient team, and we’ll be ready to compete come opening day.”
The Phillies open their season on April 7th against the New York Mets. It remains to be seen how the team will fare without Hoskins, but one thing is for sure: they will have to work harder than ever before to achieve their goals.