Hoskins (elbow) avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.8 million deal with the Phillies on Friday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Hoskins bounced back from an unimpressive 2019 season with a strong season at the plate in 2020, hitting .245/.384/.503 with 10 homers in 41 games. His season was cut short by an elbow injury which eventually required Tommy John surgery, placing his readiness for Opening Day in some doubt.
Hoskins (elbow) shared video of himself hitting in a batting cage on his personal Twitter page Thursday. Hoskins was having a solid season at the plate before suffering a season-ending elbow injury in mid-September. He eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in early October and was given a return timeline that placed his readiness for Opening Day in some question. The first baseman stated Thursday that he was on track for spring training, but players tend to be on the optimistic end regarding their own timelines, so there's still no guarantee he avoids a trip to the injured list.
Hoskins is making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Hoskins underwent the procedure in early October and was given an uncertain timeline in regards to whether or not he'd be ready to play by Opening Day. Per Montemurro's report, Hoskins may be slightly behind his original schedule, though manager Joe Girardi remains optimistic that the first baseman will be ready for the start of the season. Barring setbacks, it doesn't appear as though he'd be set for a lengthy stay on the sidelines if he does end up forced to open the year on the injured list.
Hoskins will be sidelined for the next four-to-six months after undergoing surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow Friday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Hoskins missed the last two weeks of the season due to a UCL injury, and the Phillies certainly missed him, as they won just one of their final eight contests to miss the playoffs by a single game. According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports, Hoskins had a procedure called an internal brace repair of his ulna collateral ligament, which carries a recovery time between four-to-six months. If he's closer to the four-month end of his timeline, he could well be a full participant at the start of spring training. If he winds up closer to the six-month end, he'd be ready to go right around Opening Day and could wind up making at least a brief trip to the injured list.
Hoskins (elbow) is unlikely to return prior to Sunday's regular-season finale, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Hoskins took dry swings once again Wednesday, but he still hasn't hit the ball as he deals with a UCL injury in his left arm. As a result, manager Joe Girardi said that he probably won't play again. However, it's unclear whether he could be available if the Phillies qualify for the postseason. He could still require Tommy John surgery to aid in his recovery process, but there's a possibility he's still ready for Opening Day in 2021 even if he goes under the knife.