Rhys Hoskins injury: Phillies first baseman on the mend

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Rhys Hoskins is on the mend and sharing his first baseman’s mitt originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Ten days after having surgery to repair an abdominal injury, Rhys Hoskins made an appearance at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. He said the surgery went as expected, no surprises, and he looks forward to a normal offseason after the eight-week recovery period.

Hoskins had two incisions, one in the abdominal area, the other in the area of his groin muscle.

"You don't realize how much you use those muscles until they hurt," he said. "It was a successful repair. I feel good."

Hoskins ended up hitting .247 with an .864 OPS. He had 27 homers, which is second-most on the club behind Bryce Harper's 30, and his 71 RBIs were still tops on the team entering Friday night. Andrew McCutchen was second with 70.

Hoskins missed two weeks in the middle of August with the injury, came back for three games, then went on the injured list for good after playing on August 25. He played in just 107 games.

The Phils have greatly missed Hoskins' production in the middle of the lineup.

Since debuting in the Phillies' lineup on August 10, 2017, Hoskins has racked up some impressive totals and rankings among major-league power hitters. Here are the numbers entering Friday night:

Home runs: 118 (9th)

Extra-base hits: 239 (13th)

RBIs: 326 (13th)

Walks: 316 (6th)

Times on base: 792 (22nd)

Doubles: 116 (tied for 20th)

Strikeouts: 520 (13th)

Pitches seen: 9,769 (4th)

Go-ahead RBIs: 83 (7th)

Hoskins intends to be at every home game the rest of the way to support his teammates and he hopes to be allowed to travel with the club. He watched the recent road trip from home while recovering from surgery and he couldn't help but feel like he was with the club when he saw J.T. Realmuto and Matt Vierling using his first baseman's mitt.

"I got a nice little chuckle when I saw that," he said. "They're using my gamer."

Hoskins was asked if he would get mad if one of the guys spit in the glove.

"Nah, it's baseball," he said.

But when it comes to tipping the owner ...

"They better," he said.

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