Pedro Florimon suffers gruesome ankle injury against Marlins

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Pedro Florimon suffers gruesome ankle injury against Marlins

(UPDATED 11:30 p.m.)

MIAMI — The Phillies, already with two outfielders on the disabled list, lost another one Saturday night when Pedro Florimon suffered a dislocated right ankle. His season is over.

Florimon, starting in center field, beat out an infield hit to the hole at shortstop in the second inning, extending his hitting streak to seven games. But he got hurt as he stepped on the bag and was in obvious pain.

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes as Florimon had to be carried onto a cart and taken off the field.

Hyun Soo Kim ran for Florimon.

In the bottom of the second, Nick Williams took Florimon’s spot in center. Kim replaced Williams in right.

The silver lining for the Phillies is Odubel Herrera, who had been the starter in center until suffering a hamstring injury on Aug. 14, may be ready to return.

Herrera went 2 for 2 with a home run in a rehab game Thursday. For the Phillies this season, Herrera is hitting .287 with 36 doubles, three triples, 12 homers and a .799 OPS.

Florimon, 30, is hitting .348 with an .866 OPS in 15 games with the Phillies. This is his first year with the Phillies, but manager Pete Mackanin had praised him Friday, saying he hoped Florimon would have a role with the team in 2018.

“His versatility, his experience, he’s played in the big leagues before,” Mackanin said when asked what he liked about Florimon. “He’s a professional player.  

“I like him as a centerfielder. I like him at shortstop. He’s a good defensive player. He’s very athletic. He’s sure-handed. He has good instincts. He’s a switch-hitter with occasional pop. … He’d be a good guy to keep around.”

Rhys Hoskins was hit by a pitch on the hand in the top of the seventh inning. While he stayed in the game until the bottom of the inning, he was removed in a double switch after the Phillies fell down 10-4.

Questions Phillies face as spring training nears its end

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Questions Phillies face as spring training nears its end

BRADENTON, Fla. — Less than a week before opening day, there are still a number of unanswered questions surrounding the Phillies.

About the only thing known for sure is that Aaron Nola will start Thursday in Atlanta. The right-hander made his final spring tune-up Friday afternoon against the Pirates.

Some of the questions that need to be answered before the Phillies pack up and leave Florida on Tuesday include:

• When will Jake Arrieta join the rotation? Will it be April 2, 3 or 4 in New York? Will it be during the team’s first homestand, possibly April 7? Arrieta threw 31 pitches in his first spring start Thursday. A bullpen session over the weekend and his next start, likely 50 or so pitches on Tuesday, will offer team officials a better idea on when he’ll be ready.

• Who else will be in the rotation? Nothing has been announced, but Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta appear to be locks with Nola and eventually Arrieta. Zach Eflin could be the fifth starter, if the Phils use one the first time through the rotation. He could also piggyback with Arrieta in New York if the Phils wanted to get Arrieta going that early. Ben Lively and Drew Hutchison remain candidates to make the club as the fifth starter, should the Phils use one during the first 10 days of the season.

• Who's in the bullpen? Hector Neris, Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Adam Morgan are locks. That likely leaves three openings. One spot will likely go to a lefty, Hoby Milner or Zac Curtis. Right-handers Edubray Ramos and Victor Arano seem to be vying for one spot and the final one could go to Lively or Hutchison. They are both stretched out and could provide the bullpen length that injured Mark Leiter Jr. would have.

• How about bullpen roles? Manager Gabe Kapler is not one to speak in absolutes. He is loath to define roles in his bullpen or batting order. He’s keeping options open and could assign roles on a nightly basis based on matchups and research that the team’s growing analytics department digs up. Neris went 20 for 20 in save chances while giving up just three runs in 19⅔ innings after June 27 last season. Logic would dictate that he'd be the closer. But will he be every night? Will Kapler use him in a matchup situation in the seventh inning some night? Time will tell. Same for batting order construction.

• Who will be on the bench? Infielder/outfielder Pedro Florimon has played well and looks like a lock. That leaves one or two openings, depending on how many pitchers the Phils open with. Veterans Ryan Flaherty and Adam Rosales were both granted their release. That leaves Jesmuel Valentin and Roman Quinn, both 40-man roster guys, as the two lead candidates. There might be room for both, depending on how many pitchers the Phils open with. It also would not be shocking to see the team send Quinn to Triple A to get more playing time. The Phils appear to be leaning toward carrying Andrew Knapp as their second catcher over Cameron Rupp, who has a minor-league option remaining.

Rhys Hoskins' home run over-under is pretty low

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Rhys Hoskins' home run over-under is pretty low

If you're a believer in Rhys Hoskins, there is some money to be made.

Gambling site Bovada released a slew of player prop bets for the 2018 MLB season and Hoskins was the lone Phillie represented.

Hoskins' over-under totals are 28.5 home runs and 90.5 RBIs.

It's safe to assume more will bet the home run over than the under. Hoskins hit 18 homers in just 50 games and 212 plate appearances last season. That's a full-season pace of 56 home runs.

Now, that doesn't mean Hoskins is going to hit 50 this season, or even 40. The league now knows about him. Pitchers will have more of a game plan than they did when Hoskins was cranking jacks at an insane rate last August and September.

It's worth noting that Hoskins did slow down in the season's final two weeks, hitting just .135 with no homers and nine RBIs in his last 16 games.

But based on his raw power and the unique ability to work deep counts and draw walks, Hoskins will get himself into many hitter-friendly counts this season and throughout his career. He's a safe bet for 25-plus homers, and if I was forced to make picks I'd go over for both homers and RBIs. 

Hoskins will have plenty of RBI opportunities with guys like Carlos Santana, Odubel Herrera, J.P. Crawford and eventually Scott Kingery batting before him.