The Phillies celebrated one of the most memorable comebacks of the season on Thursday when they netted a 5-1 deficit in the ninth inning against the Cubs for a 7-5 win. The game ended with a Grand Slam of Outfielder Bryce Harper where the first baseman scored Rhys Hoskins among the players he tackled against Strop struck the right hand, and it it is possible that he has injured himself. The bat then underwent an X-ray, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia was one of the persons to report. Hoskins is optimistic that he will be fine, but there is still no official word about his status. Although Thursday was a resounding success for the Phillies, the loss of Hoskins would dampen their enthusiasm for their prospects.
Harper's triumph over the club on Thursday ended a three-game win in Chicago, raising the Philadelphia record to 63-55. The Phillies are now just a return leg of the Cubs for second place in the National League. Although Hoskins was cold in August, the 26-year-old was still one of the driving forces behind the Phillies' solid record. Hoskins fought 24 homeruns and 2.4 fWAR in 532 record appearances against .241
In addition to high-quality production, Hoskins was one of Phillies' longest-lived players. By this time of the season, only two of the other players in the team – Catcher J.T. Realmuto and the third base player Maikel Franco first started games, and only once each. It is unclear which Phillie would receive most of the work on the injury list in the event of a Hoskins stint, but the newly promoted veteran Logan Morrison appears to be a strong bet.