World Series: Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins Perfects the Art of Getting Back Up
Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins’ return to the major leagues looked destined to be a long and frustrating struggle.
Since coming off the disabled list with a broken hand against the Rays on April 7, Hoskins has been battling an assortment of problems, all seemingly related to the injury to his non-throwing hand.
Initially, he was only scheduled to miss two games against the Braves. After the Phillies lost, he was placed on the disabled list with tightness in his forearm.
After an off-season of recovery and rehab, Hoskins is now healthy enough to play five days a week and play first base every day, according to manager Gabe Kapler. The Phillies acquired Hoskins in February from Tampa Bay in a trade for third baseman B.J. Upton.
“I’m hoping to play every day at first base and get myself into a rhythm offensively,” Hoskins said.
When he’s at the plate, Hoskins is at his best, as his.308/.388/.550 line this season and career.307/.388/.514 mark attest. When he’s not at the plate, the first baseman is a more modest hitter.
“As far as being able to handle a big league workload, absolutely,” Hoskins said. “I think it’s about the same as getting back playing my way out of the lineup; just getting out there and playing, and then kind of putting a little bit of it on the side, but still playing my way out of it and being productive and having that same attitude.
“That’s how it is right now. I’ve got a few more days of rest and just kind of getting myself into a rhythm, getting back into the swing of things,” Hoskins said.
The Phillies have been playing on the road since May, against the Cubs, Cubs, Brewers