Just as we were getting ready to be hyped for the Phillies season, we get reminded that we can’t have nice things. Rhys Hoskins has torn his ACL. It happened on a weird play on Thursday in Spring Training. Rhys was going back into Right Field to make a play. Then he must have planted his left leg in a weird way because crumpled to the ground in pain. He had to be carted off the field. MRI results later that night showed he tore his ACL.
The shame for Rhys is it comes in a contract year. The shame for the Phillies is that it costs them a very good player. He rightfully gets heat for his play in the field. But it will be hard to replace 30 HRs from the right side of the plate.
Kyle Scwarber tore his ACL in April of 2016. He returned to the Cubs to play in game 1 of the World Series that same season in late October. So perhaps Rhys could be back on the team by the NLCS or the World Series. But even in that best-case scenario, they have 162 regular season games, a potential Wild Card Series, and the Divisional Round series they will have to get through without Rhys Hoskins. They are going to need to find a full-time first baseman to replace him in that time.
The good news is there are options. They are not all the most inspiring of options, but they are options. Some come in-house, and some would come via trade or free agency. Who are those options? which ones make the most sense for the Phillies? Could they get anyone anywhere near as good as Rhys Hoskins? Or will they have to settle for a lesser replacement.