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Philadelphia Phillies 1B Rhys Hoskins to have season-ending abdominal surgery

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, shown Sept. 4, 2020, currently leads the team with 27 home runs and 71 RBIs this season. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, shown Sept. 4, 2020, currently leads the team with 27 home runs and 71 RBIs this season. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Phillies standout first baseman Rhys Hoskins will miss the remainder of the 2021 season because of a tear in his lower abdomen.

Hoskins told reporters before Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks that he will likely undergo surgery to repair the abdominal tear within the next week. He noted that the recovery period is six to eight weeks.

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The 28-year-old Hoskins had been playing through the ailment all season, but the slugging first baseman aggravated the injury when he dove awkwardly for a ball during a game against the Washington Nationals on Aug. 5.

Hoskins spent two weeks on the injured list before returning Sunday against the San Diego Padres. He came off the bench in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, then started Wednesday's game against the Rays.

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Hoskins, however, said Thursday that he can't move laterally at first base or sprint well enough to remain on the field.

"It just didn't go as planned," Hoskins said. "It's frustrating. It's upsetting. I think just the magnitude of where we are as a team, with the time of year, right? You as a player, as a competitor, want to be able to be out there to help your team as much as you can.

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"Obviously, there's been a lot of effort the last couple weeks to try to make sure that was an option. Unfortunately, sometimes the body just doesn't respond."

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Entering Thursday's game, Hoskins led the Phillies with 27 home runs and 71 RBIs this season, and Philadelphia was five games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East and 5 1/2 games back of a wild-card spot.

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