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Rhys Hoskins undergoes season-ending core surgery

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Rhys Hoskins underwent core surgery Tuesday, Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said on MLB Network's High Heat.

Hoskins revealed last week that he needed surgery to repair an abdominal tear and that his season was over.

"It's frustrating. It's upsetting," Hoskins said. "You want to be out there with your team, especially at this time of year. There's been a lot of effort by a lot of people the last couple of weeks to make sure that was an option and I'm very appreciative of that. It just didn't go as planned. It stinks. It really stinks. But at least by getting the surgery now, I will have a full off-season to prepare (for 2022)." 

Recovery time is six to eight weeks.

This was shaping up to be Hoskins’ best full season. He hit .247 with an .864 OPS, 29 doubles, 27 homers and 71 RBI. He was more aggressive at the plate than in past seasons, his walk rate dipping by four percent as he put the ball in play more. 

This was by far Hoskins’ best season with two outs and runners in scoring position. He hit .288 and slugged .577 with 11 extra-base hits in those situations compared to .172 and .253 with five extra-base hits total the prior two years.

Hoskins ranks fifth on the Phillies in games played this season but still leads the team in homers by one and RBI by 10. 

As he misses the rest of the season, the Phillies will start Brad Miller at first base against right-handers. Miller reached base in all five plate appearances Monday night at Nationals Park with three hits and two walks. One of the hits was his 14th home run of the season. Miller has an .832 OPS against right-handed pitching this season but is not as playable against lefties. 

 

J.T. Realmuto, out again Tuesday with an ankle injury, is also in the picture at first base when he’s ready to start again. The Phillies do not think he will require a stint on the injured list.

Rookie Matt Vierling is up from Triple A and starting at first base Tuesday in D.C.

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