Phillies 1B Rhys Hoskins out for season with abdomen tear

The first baseman said he will likely have surgery to repair the tear within the next week.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies placed sluggerRhys Hoskins back on the injured list Thursday with an abdomen tear that will cause him to miss the rest of the season.

The first baseman said he will likely have surgery to repair the tear within the next week and that the recovery period is six to eight weeks.

Hoskins had been playing through an abdominal injury all season, but he aggravated it when he dove awkwardly for a ball at Washington on Aug. 5.

He spent two weeks on the IL before returning on Sunday against the San Diego Padres, hitting two homers in 7-4 victory for Philadelphia. Hoskins came off the bench on Tuesday -- he popped up in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay -- then started on Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with a homer in a 7-4 loss.

Hoskins said Thursday he can't move laterally at first base or run well enough to continue playing.

"It stinks,'' he said. "The magnitude with where we are as a team and the time of year, as a player you want to be out there to help your team as much as you can. There's been a lot of effort the last couple weeks to make that an option, but unfortunately sometimes the body just doesn't respond.''

Hoskins leads the team with 27 homers and 71 RBIs. The Phillies entered Thursday's games five games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 5.5 games back of a wild-card berth.

Brad Miller will start at first place in place of Hoskins on Thursday. The Phillies also activated Zach Eflin off the injured list and will start him on the mound after the righty went on the injured list on July 16 with right knee tendinitis. The team also activated reliever Jose Alvarado from the IL.

Philadelphia has 36 games remaining, although only six of those are against teams with winning records -- including a three-game set at Atlanta in late September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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