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Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins Fractures Jaw on Foul Ball

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Philadelphia Phillies left fielder, Rhys Hoskins has fractured his jaw after fouling a ball off his face during the ninth inning of Monday nights 6-1 loss to the Dodgers.

In a freal-like accident, Hoskins fouled a 95 MPH pitch straight to the mouth.  Rhys was immediately taken out of the game and examined by team doctors.  He was tested for a concussion and was cleared to play on Tuesday by the Dodgers medical staff.  Rhys did not start Tuesday night but would add a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning.  But after a CT scan Wednesday, it revealed that Hoskins has a fracture to his jaw.

 

Rhys exploded off the start by hitting .303 and posting a .457 OBP during the first month of the season.  But as May came around, the struggles started for Hoskins.  During the last month, he has hit a mere .161 while striking out 32 times in just 100 at-bats.  Unfortunate foul balls didn’t just affect Rhys on Monday as utility player, Pedro Florimon is expected to miss multiple weeks after breaking his foot by a foul ball.

The timeline for Hoskins return is unknown but a DL stint is likely.  The Phillies have stated that there are surgical and non-surgical options to repair the jaw.  A clearer plan should be known in the upcoming days.

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Cardinals Place Michael Wacha On Injured List

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The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-hander Michael Wacha on the 10-day injured list due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple A Memphis.

Wacha, 27, has posted a 4.64 ERA over 10 games for the Cardinals this season.

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deGrom Tommy John Scare Apparently Over For Mets

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Mets superstar Jacob deGrom feels better after his Tommy John scare yesterday (NESN).

The New York Mets made an announcement on Friday that surely had baseball fans in Queens screaming and running around in circles.

The team’s golden goose Jacob deGrom, the National League’s reigning Cy Young winner, was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Manager Mickey Callaway then stated his ace would placed on the 10-day disabled list and undergo an MRI on his right elbow after it was reportedly “barking” after a Friday bullpen session.

However, the Mets have apparently backed down from DEFCON 1, as deGrom threw today in the outfield at New Busch Stadium and told the media afterwards that he felt okay.

“It’s just a little sore,” he said to ESPN. deGrom has been experiencing illness and recent weeks and went on to attribute that to the discomfort in his arm, stating he decided it was better to be safe than sorry.

“I had been sick since Atlanta and kinda had a whole-body soreness. For me when I don’t throw, it seems that things pop up and I wasn’t on a normal routine. I was trying to just get enough in to be able to make my start and I felt a little soreness in my elbow. I decided to say something and talked it over with Mickey and [Mets pitching coach] Dave [Eiland].

Fans across baseball knew exactly what the Mets were getting at when the news broke. When coupled together, “T” and “J” are the two most infamous letters in the game, and it looked like the notorious operation was stalking its most high-profile victim in years.

deGrom has already undergone Tommy John surgery in once before, but that was back in 2010 when he was in the rookie class Appalachian League. Nine years later he’s the best pitcher in baseball, and it would be a horrible shame to see his meteoric momentum halted so abruptly.

It remains to be seen if deGrom will miss a prolonged period of time, or if there is actual damage to his elbow, but Mets fans can let out a sigh of relief and breathe easy, at least for the time being.

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Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Mike Pagliarulo

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The Miami Marlins have announced that they have fired hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Pagliarulo took the post ahead of the 2016 season after previously serving as a hitting coach in Triple-A.

Pagliarulo will be replaced by Jeff Livesey on an interim basis, and Eric Duncan will take the role of assistant hitting coach.

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