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Mar 23, 2023; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (17) leaves the game on a medical cart, MLB Rumors Mandatory Credit: Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: How will the Phillies replace Rhys Hoskins?

Rhys Hoskins won’t be easily replace by the Phillies, as the team is already without Bryce Harper for half the season. Hoskins power — especially in the postseason — was on full display. He turned a corner, and as a player who had been through the worst of times in the City of Brotherly Love, it was a long time coming.

Sadly, Hoskins suffered a torn Achilles. It’s unclear just how severe that tear is, but it’s safe to assume he’s out long-term. Of course, Philadelphia could seek a replacement via trade or free agency. The options on the open market are…not great. Miguel Sano is likely the best of the bunch. As for the trade market, FanSided’s Tim Boyle laid out a few possible partners, such as Garrett Cooper, Seth Brown and Darin Ruf.

In terms of an in-house replacement, expect the Phils to turn to Darick Hall for now. Dave Dombrowski flaunted how much he liked Hall as a player. The 27-year-old should receive the majority of playing time at first to start the year, though.

“We have not made that decision yet. He’ll get the majority of playing time, but the majority of playing time we face righties. But I don’t know what we’re going to do in that regard. We haven’t discussed that part of it yet,” Dombrowski added.

A by-committee approach is the smart play for now.

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