Drew Hutchison

No surgery for Rhys Hoskins — which is good news — and other Phillies items

No surgery for Rhys Hoskins — which is good news — and other Phillies items

LOS ANGELES — Lots and lots of Phillies news Thursday. Let’s run it down:

• Rhys Hoskins was examined by an oral surgeon in Philadelphia. He does not need surgery on his broken jaw. That means less time on the disabled list though manager Gabe Kapler could not offer a specific timetable for his recovery/return.

“It looks like it’s going to be more of a weeks thing than a months thing which is really good news,” Kapler said. “The break is stable so it does not require surgery.”

Hoskins fouled a ball off his face Monday night and was cleared by doctors in Los Angeles to play Tuesday night. A routine CT scan Wednesday revealed a small fracture. He will rejoin the Phillies in San Francisco on Friday and be on a soft-foods diet.

• Slugging outfielder Dylan Cozens was recalled — on his 24th birthday — from Triple A Lehigh Valley to take Hoskins’ roster spot. Cozens has 77 homers at the Double A and Triple A levels since the start of the 2016 season.

Cozens got the news after Lehigh Valley’s game Wednesday night.

“I was in the shower with the boys,” he said. “Our clubbie came in and said, '[Manager Gary Jones] wants you.' And then everybody started slapping me in the shower. I mean, he made it sound urgent. So I went in. I thought I was in trouble, per usual. I went in there and he said that Rhys got hurt, unfortunately, and they were going to send me here. So it was cool.”

Cozens will serve as a reserve outfielder.

“Right now we have three outfielders who are going to play fairly regularly,” said Kapler, referring to Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr. “We will look to get Coz his opportuntiies and get him at-bats off the bench. It’s always nice to have a home run threat on the bench. Now we have two of them with Cozens and Mitch Walding."

Cozens hails from the Phoenix area. A number of family members and friends made it to Los Angeles for his big-league debut. Cozens was assigned No. 25. The hulking, 6-6 former football player wears a size 50 jersey with two extra inches sewn in for length.

Before batting practice, Cozens said he was excited to hit big-league balls. (They don’t call them Titleists for nothing.) Cozens then went out and put on a big power display in batting practice.

• There was only a small update on Jerad Eickhoff, who continues to receive tests in St. Louis to determine whether thoracic outlet syndrome is the cause of the numbness he has been feeling in his fingertips. Kapler said the team received some encouraging news on Eickhoff, but he could not provide a full update because the pitcher was scheduled to see another doctor Friday.

• Reliever Drew Hutchison was designated for assignment and replaced by Mark Leiter Jr. Leiter was on his way to making the club in spring training when he suffered a forearm strain.

“We think Leiter deserves this opportunity,” Kapler said. “We could use him an inning at a time or as a long man. His splitter/changeup combo is kind of unique. I think he profiles in shorts stints for us.”

• Andrew Pullin, once a promising hitting prospect, has retired. He had been with Lehigh Valley.

Zach Eflin knocked out early again as Phillies blasted by Dodgers

Zach Eflin knocked out early again as Phillies blasted by Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — A day that began with the Phillies learning that they’d likely be without Rhys Hoskins for a while ended with them suffering a one-sided loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

The Phillies were never in this one. The Dodgers hit Zach Eflin hard en route to an 8-2 win.

The Dodgers are hot. They have won 10 of their last 13, including two of three against the Phillies. The series concludes Thursday night with a good pitching matchup — Aaron Nola vs. Clayton Kershaw. The Phillies need a win to earn a series split before heading up the coast to San Francisco.

The Phillies’ bats did little against Dodgers starter Ross Stripling. The right-hander held the Phils to four hits and a run — a solo homer by Nick Williams — over seven innings.

Meanwhile, Eflin struggled from the outset. Despite striking out three batters in the first inning, he gave up a leadoff single to Joc Pederson and a two-out double to Matt Kemp as the Dodgers broke to a 1-0 lead.

Eflin had more problems in the third. He gave up a one-out homer to Max Muncy, walked the next batter and gave up a two-run homer to Kemp. The Dodgers scored again on Eflin in the fourth and he was done early.

It was an up-and-down month for Eflin. He came up from Triple A on May 1 and gave up just one run over 12 2/3 innings in his first two starts. Since then, he has made three starts and been tagged for 19 hits and 12 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings.

The Phillies are 30-23. They entered the game in third place in the NL East, just a game behind first-place Atlanta and a half game behind second-place Washington. Atlanta lost its game against the Mets while Washington defeated Baltimore. So the Nationals are now in first place in the division, a half game up on Atlanta and the Phillies are in third, 1½ games back.

Earlier Wednesday, it was learned that Hoskins had suffered a broken jaw when he fouled a ball off his face Monday night. He will be examined in Philadelphia on Thursday and a trip to the disabled list is a virtual certainty (see story).

Pedro Florimon went on the DL with a broken foot. Mitch Walding came up from Triple A to take Florimon’s spot. He struck out four times in his big-league debut. In all, Phillies hitters struck out 13 times.

Phillies can't overcome sloppy play in rain-soaked loss to Cardinals

Phillies can't overcome sloppy play in rain-soaked loss to Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — This was a game best forgotten.

Quickly.

The Phillies waited out a one-hour, 35-minute rain delay at the outset then played poorly — three errors — in rainy conditions in suffering a 12-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

The loss denied the Phils a chance to move into first place in the NL East. They remain a half-game behind Atlanta. The Braves lost to the Marlins on Friday night.

The Phillies were out-hit, 15-7, by the Cardinals. Pedro Florimon, who started the game at shortstop, finished up on the mound for the Phillies. After pitching a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Florimon homered in the top of the ninth. It was his second homer in as many nights after not hitting one in the majors since September 2013 (see story).

The game did not end until 12:16 a.m. local time. The Phils have little time to brush off the loss. They play the Cardinals again Saturday at 1:15 p.m. local time.

Jake Arrieta lasted just three innings, a season low, and gave up four runs as the Phillies’ run of excellent starting pitching came to an end. Coming into the game, Phillies starters had given up just eight runs in 62 1/3 innings over the previous 10 games.

The Phillies have lost just three times in the last 11 games and all three defeats have come in Arrieta starts. He pitched well in the previous two only to see leads disappear in the ninth inning. This time, however, Arrieta was not all that sharp. The Cardinals batted around on him and scored four runs in the third inning. Two of the runs were unearned.

Arrieta pitched in steady rain in the third inning. The Phillies made an error behind him in the inning and he threw a wild pitch. Despite throwing just 64 pitches, Arrieta did not come out for the fourth inning.

Starting catcher Jorge Alfaro left the game with right knee soreness. He appeared to hurt himself chasing down a wild pitch in the fourth inning.

Odubel Herrera improved his on-base streak to 44 straight games with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Those were the only runs that Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha gave up in six innings of work.

Notes
• Jerad Eickhoff will make his next minor-league rehab start on Sunday. He will pitch for Triple A Lehigh Valley at Syracuse.

• The game was delayed in the eighth inning when home plate umpire David Rackley had to leave the game for an unspecified medical reason.

• After the game, reliever Yacksel Rios was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley. Reliever Victor Arano (shoulder) is in St. Louis and could be activated off the disabled list Saturday.