The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that their starting first baseman Rhys Hoskins is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery and will likely have to miss 4-6 months.
There are two reasons why doctors believe that he can make such a quick recovery. First, he will not be having surgery on his throwing arm, and second, because he is not a pitcher. It usually takes pitchers well over a year to recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Fellow Phillie Didi Gregorius, who plays shortstop, had Tommy John surgery in October 2018 and was back on the field and playing in June 2017. Gregorius had the surgery on his throwing arm.
Even though the surgery will not affect Hoskins’s ability to throw the ball, he is most concerned with being able to swing the bat naturally and without any discomfort, which is most likely what his rehabilitation will focus on.
At the plate is where Hoskins shines. His batting line this season before the injury was .245/.384/.503, hitting 10 home runs in 41 games.
The Phillies hope that they will have Hoskins back by spring training and ready to go for their April 1 season opener against the Atlanta Braves.