Update — The Phillies announced Thursday night that Hoskins suffered a torn ACL in the spring game vs. the Tigers earlier in the day. That will mean Hoskins will miss the entire 2023 MLB season.
With Hoskins out for the season, Hall could end up being the starting first baseman on Opening Day for the Phils. If that isn’t the case, the Phillies could rotate Alec Bohm over to first and work Edmundo Sosa and Josh Harrison at third base. Philadelphia’s lineup is deep but this is still a pretty huge blow before the season gets going.
The Phils were already third in terms of odds to win the NL East behind the Mets and Braves at +370. Philly is also +900 to win the National League again this season. Their World Series odds are down to +1800.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went down on the field at the team’s spring training game on Thursday. He was trying to field a ground ball and suffered a non-contact knee injury, per Matt Gelb. Teammates circled around Hoskins as he was checked by trainers but needed to be carted off.
The groundball took Hoskins into the shallow outfield, and he seemed to lose his footing transitioning from the dirt to the grass. He got twisted around and was in obvious pain after the play. Hoskins is heading into his seventh major league season, all with Philadelphia. He played in 156 games last year hitting .246 with 33 doubles, two triples, 30 home runs and 79 RBI. Hoskins is often overshadowed in the lineup by the presence of Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber but is still a foundational piece of the Phils’ batting order.
If Hoskins misses any time, which unfortunately seems likely with a non-contact injury, Philadelphia could use Darick Hall at first base. He projects as the team’s DH this season, but moving him to first and then DH-ing another player gives the Phillies some flexibility. They also could bring up their No. 6 prospect Johan Rojas to fill in for some outfield depth if Hall plays first and someone like Castellanos or Schwarber takes over at DH.