The Phillies will be without one of their most productive hitters for at least the next six games.
Rhys Hoskins was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain about 90 minutes before Tuesday night’s first pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park.
Outfielder Mickey Moniak was recalled from Triple-A.
Hoskins, who leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 68 RBIs, will miss the remainder of the homestand, which runs through Sunday. He would be eligible to return in a week when the Phillies open a series in Arizona on Aug. 17.
Hoskins initially injured the groin making a play at first base against Washington on July 29. He did not start seven of the next 10 games.
The Phillies had hoped to avoid placing Hoskins on the IL. The determination to do so came after he went through a pre-game workout Tuesday.
The Phillies entered Tuesday night’s game having won eight in a row. The winning streak has coincided with Hoskins missing significant time and Andrew McCutchen being on the IL with knee inflammation.
McCutchen tested his knee in pre-game workouts Tuesday. Barring a setback, he could come off the IL on Wednesday.
In other injury news:
Pitcher Zach Eflin, on the IL with right knee tendinitis, was able to throw lightly off a bullpen mound on Monday’s off day.
Manager Joe Girardi said Eflin felt no pain.
“We were encouraged,” Girardi said. “Yesterday was all good. So as (Eflin) talked about it, it wasn't always necessarily the pitching. A lot of times it was a sudden movement that he would make that would kind of irritate it.”
Girardi would not disclose a timetable for Eflin’s return. The pitcher will throw in the bullpen again in the coming days. The right-hander last pitched on July 16. Getting Eflin back healthy is crucial to the Phillies' playoff chances, but there is still no timetable for his return.
Girardi was enthused about the way Seranthony Dominguez has thrown the ball in his first three minor league rehab outings and is optimistic that the right-handed reliever could help in September.
“We’re happy because we're seeing him bounce back after each outing and not having any physical issues, which is great,” Girardi said.
Dominguez had Tommy John surgery on July 30, 2020. His fastball has reached 95 mph in rehab outings.