Phillies: Hoskins (abdomen) out rest of season

The Philadelphia Phillies replaced the slugger Rhys Hoskins on the disabled list Thursday with a torn abdomen that will cause him to miss the rest of the season.

The first baseman said that he will likely have surgery to repair the tear within the next week and that the recovery period is 6 to 8 weeks.

Hoskins had been playing with an abdominal injury all season, but made it worse when he awkwardly dived for a ball in Washington on Aug. 5.

He spent two weeks on the disabled list before returning Sunday against the San Diego Padres, hitting two home runs in Philadelphia’s 7-4 win. Hoskins came off the bench on Tuesday (he appeared in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay) and then started on Wednesday, going 4-1 with a home run in a 7-4 loss.

Hoskins said Thursday that he can’t move laterally at first base or run well enough to keep playing.

“It sucks,” he said. “The magnitude that we are as a team and the time of year, as a player, you want to be there to help your team as much as you can. There has been a lot of effort in the last few weeks to make that an option, but unfortunately sometimes. the body just doesn’t respond. ”

Hoskins leads the team with 27 home runs and 71 RBIs. The Phillies entered Thursday’s games 5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 5.5 games behind a wild-card spot.

Brad Miller He will start first in place of Hoskins on Thursday. The Phillies also brought out Zach Eflin from the disabled list and will be used as a starter after the right-hander entered the disabled list on July 16 with tendinitis in his right knee. The team also activated the reliever Jose Alvarado off the injured list.

Philadelphia has 36 games left, though only six of them are against teams with record-winning teams, including a three-game series in Atlanta in late September.