Phillies' Hoskins (fractured jaw) likely to hit DL

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins is expected to be placed on the 10-day disabled list after a CT scan revealed he fractured his jaw when he fouled a pitch off his face Monday.

Hoskins will see a specialist in Philadelphia on Thursday to determine whether he needs surgery. Despite the injury, Hoskins slugged a double as a pinch hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

"Obviously, it makes it a little bit tougher knowing that I can play with little to no pain," Hoskins told reporters Wednesday. "But you have to put your health first at some point. It's just an unfortunate situation."

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Hoskins' fateful foul occurred in the ninth inning of Monday's contest against hard-throwing Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Hoskins immediately fell to the ground after the ball made impact with his face and was replaced by pinch hitter Pedro Florimon.

Hoskins is hitting .233 with six home runs and 28 RBIs this season. The 25-year-old said he isn't sure how much time he would miss if he does need surgery.

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"I've said all along Rhys is one of our better hitters and one of the top offensive players in baseball, in my opinion, and so it would be difficult to not have him in the lineup," Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. "He's also an emotional leader in our clubhouse, so if he were to (go on the) DL, there would be disappointment with that."

Without Hoskins, the Phillies are primarily expected to utilize a starting outfield of Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr and Nick Williams. Prospect Dylan Cozens is expected to be promoted in a corresponding move if Hoskins is placed on the DL after being spotted packing his bags and receiving congratulations at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday night.

Cozens, 24, has hit .226 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs in 50 games at Lehigh Valley this season.

--Field Level Media

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