By Sam Bush
Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins knows that he dodged a bullet.
He fouled a ball off his face in the ninth inning of Monday’s 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, and has a swollen face and a bruised lip, but no stitches, no concussion, no missing teeth and no fractured jaw or nose.
“I thought a lot worse right off the bat, made sure I had all my teeth was the first thing I did. I was conscious and walked off the field,” Hoskins said. “I’m feeling pretty lucky. I feel pretty good.”
Last night Hoskins hit a pinch-hit double and scored in the ninth inning.
“Rhys we wanted to get right back on the bike,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “We wanted to give him an opportunity to get out there and feel comfortable in the batter’s box. He wanted to be out there and I think that’s important. Interesting some pitches up and in tested him a little bit, so we feel good about the outcome with Rhys for a number of reasons.”
Hoskins said he plans to add a protective shield to his helmet, although he did not have one Tuesday.
“At least till the swelling goes down,” he said. “I think it’s just a smart thing to do.”