Rhys Hoskins, whose rollercoaster 2020 campaign included a torrid August (six homers, 18 RBI) followed by a decidedly uneven September (.216 AVG with four jacks and 17 strikeouts in 51 at-bats), went under the knife recently, undergoing elbow surgery last week, according to the Associated Press. Hoskins’ injury first occurred on September 12 when he was involved in a collision with Marlins outfielder Corey Dickerson on a play at first base. The torn ligament in Hoskins’ left (non-throwing) elbow effectively ended his season.
Hoskins’ operation, performed in Philadelphia by Dr. Steve Cohen (the surgeon, not the Mets’ new owner), was not a complete reconstruction (better known as Tommy John surgery), but the 27-year-old still faces a lengthy recovery. Hoskins could be a candidate to begin next year on the injured list if he gets a late start to spring training, which seems likely given his 4-6-month timetable.
The Phillies never looked the same after losing Hoskins, winning just five of their final 17 games while finishing under .500 for the seventh time in eight years. Rookie of the Year hopeful Alec Bohm moved across the diamond from third to first base during Hoskins’ absence.
Hoskins, who burst onto the scene with 18 round-trippers in just 50 games during his debut 2017, will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The fifth-year slugger can expect a nice raise on the modest $224,074 sum (the prorated amount from his $605,000 base salary) he netted in 2020.