Manager Gabe Kapler said that Hoskins is dealing with mild shoulder soreness and will be held out of the Phillies' Grapefruit League lineups until at least Friday's game against the Yankees, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. It's not ideal that Hoskins is hurting with Opening Day just over a week away, but Kapler noted that the slugger is merely being rested for precautionary purposes. At this juncture, the Phillies aren't concerned about Hoskins' availability for the start of the season, though Maikel Franco would be next in line for reps at first base in the event the 26-year-old doesn't progress as quickly as anticipated.
Hoskins is hitting a modest .235/.333/.353 through 13 spring games. Hoskins' role as the Phillies' everyday first baseman won't be threatened by a slight spring slump. In their three games in the lineup together, new signee Bryce Harper has hit third, with Hoskins batting cleanup. Hoskins should enjoy an improved lineup around him this season, with three new bats (Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and Harper) hitting in front of him and plenty of protection behind him in the form of J.T. Realmuto. He'll also no longer have to deal with the distraction of learning left field.
Hoskins went 1-for-4 with a solo shot in Friday's loss to the Braves. It was Hoskins' 34th long ball of the season, with the solo smash boosting his RBI total to 95. While his .245 average may leave something to be desired, Hoskins has some of the most deadly power in the game as shown by his .495 slugging percentage. He'll enter next season as the Phillies' everyday left fielder.
Hoskins went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Rockies. The altitude didn't seem to benefit any other Philadelphia hitter, as Hoskins' blast provided all the team's scoring in a 10-1 defeat. His team may be limping to the finish line, but Hoskins' power remains. He's hit six homers in his last 17 games, giving him 33 on the season, good for a share of fifth place on the NL leaderboard.
Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer in Wednesday's win over the Mets. Hoskins took Noah Syndergaard deep in the first inning to put the Phillies up 1-0, marking his fifth homer of the month and 32nd of the season. The 25-year-old slugger is now slashing .250/.357/.503 with five stolen bases and 92 RBI through 142 games this season.