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Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins underwent UCL repair in left elbow

Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins tore a ligament in his left elbow in September, and recently had surgery to repair it.

Hoskins underwent UCL repair surgery on Friday and will begin rehabilitation ahead of the 2021 Major League Baseball season. His projected recovery time is four to six months, with the longer timetable taking Hoskins to April 1 when the Phillies open the season against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

Hoskins suffered the injury when he tried to tag the Marlins’ Corey Dickerson in a September 12 game in Miami. He spent the final two weeks of the shortened regular season on the injured list, missing out on the Phillies’ chances of making the postseason.

His injury came at the worst possible time for the team after hitting .622 with 10 homers in his final 25 games. The 27-year-old finished the season with a .245 batting average and a .503 slugging percentage, albeit missing a good chunk of games.

The Phillies finished the 2020 season 28-32, three games back of the Miami Marlins who finished second in the National League East. Miami clinched a Wild Card berth, joining the Atlanta Braves as the only other NL East team to make the postseason.

UPDATE: Despite multiple reports that Hoskins underwent Tommy John surgery, that is not the case. The UCL repair Hoskins had is a different procedure, which is why the recovery period is lesser. More from NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury:

It was not Tommy John surgery.

Hoskins had a procedure called an internal brace repair of his ulna collateral ligament. The procedure requires a shorter recovery time than Tommy John surgery, which is a full reconstructive procedure.

The Phillies put Hoskins’ recovery time at four to six months, meaning he should be ready to go for spring training.

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