Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said on Wednesday that outfielder Rhys Hoskins is likely to go on the 10-day disabled list due to a fracture in his jaw, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Hoskins, 25, fouled a ball off of his face in the ninth inning of Monday’s loss to the Dodgers. He was held out of Tuesday and Wednesday’s lineups before a CT scan revealed the fracture.
Some time off might be good for Hoskins, as he had been mired in a month-long slump prior to the injury. Between April 28 and May 28, he hit .134/.234/.247 with just two home runs and nine RBi in 112 plate appearances.
While Hoskins is out, both Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr will get regular playing time in the outfield. The two had been alternating time in right field with Altherr getting the majority of starts.
Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is likely to be activated from the 10-day injured list this weekend and will join the bullpen, per Justin Leger of NBC Sports Boston.
Eovaldi, 29, had a superb postseason showing with the Red Sox last year, including a six-inning relief appearance in Game 3 of the World Series. That propelled him to ink a four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox in December.
Eovaldi underwent athroscopic surgery in April to remove loose bodies in his elbow and has been out ever since. He had allowed 14 earned runs on 21 hits and 11 walks with 16 strikeouts in 21 innings prior to going on the IL.
The Red Sox bullpen has been middling at best this season, owning a composite 4.55 ERA. Six different relievers have accrued saves, none more than Ryan Brasier‘s seven and he was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week. It’s quite possible Eovaldi finds himself closing out games down the stretch.