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Phillies call up Dylan Cozens after placing Rhys Hoskins on DL

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On Thursday, the Phillies officially placed outfielder Rhys Hoskins on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured jaw. To fill his roster spot, the club promoted outfielder Dylan Cozens from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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.

Cozens is celebrating his 24th birthday today, so that’s quite a nice gift to receive. Cozens has been a one-dimensional slugger in the minors, mashing 40 homers and knocking in 125 runs for Double-A Reading in 2016. He hit 27 homers and drove in 75 runs at Triple-A last year. This year, he’s batting .226/.325/.440 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 197 plate appearances.

Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr, and Odubel Herrera will comprise the starting outfield while Hoskins is out. Cozens may draw the odd start but he will mostly serve as a bench bat in his first stint in the majors.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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