Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies hit yet another home run last night. It was his 17th of the season in just 33 games. The number 17 isn’t exactly round, but that’s a record all the same.
Hoskins is now fastest player in baseball history to hit 17 career homers, reaching the mark in just 33 games. The old record — 42 games — which was held by Boston Braves outfielder Wally Berger, set in 1930. What’s more, Hoskins leads all of baseball in homers since he was called up on August 10.
On the year, Hoskins has a batting line of .310/.434/.784, those 17 homers and 37 driven in. That’s obviously not sustainable, but it sure has given Phillies fans without a lot of other reasons to watch their team this year tune in.
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.
It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.
If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.
Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.
Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.