Friday, March 24, 2023

Spring Training Game 27 - Hoskins Leaves with Knee Injury

2022 Topps Allen & Ginter #65
Phillies 4
, Tigers 1
Spring Training Game 27 - Thursday Afternoon, March 23rd in Clearwater
Record - 13-13-1

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies won the game, but that was overshadowed by the sight of Rhys Hoskins needing to be carted from the field after appearing to suffer a bad left knee injury.

What It Means:  Not great.  Hoskins is the soul of the team, and was poised for a big year due to his looming free agency.  Thoughts immediately turned to who could start the season as the team's first baseman if Hoskins needs to miss significant time.  Darick Hall seems likely, and I wonder if Edmundo Sosa can play some first base?  Or Alec Bohm could see some time at first, with Sosa starting at third?  Or maybe it's not that bad of an injury, and Hoskins misses limited time.

What Happened:  Trea Turner picked up where he left off in the World Baseball Classic, hitting a two-run home run in the fifth.  Hoskins had singled home the first run in the first inning and Weston Wilson added a run in the seventh with an RBI double.  Bailey Falter pitched his best game of the spring, throwing five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five.

Featured Card:  I'm hoping for the best for Hoskins and his knee.

Update - The Phillies announced on Thursday night Hoskins had torn his left ACL and surgery is recommended.  This is upsetting news.

Camp Head Count:  50 - 4 = 46

Before the game, the Phillies reassigned Vito Friscia (c), Cody Roberts (c), Vimael Machin (inf) and Jake Jewell (rhp) to minor league camp.  The roster moves are coming a little more frequently now.

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