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The Philadelphia Phillies were ready to avenge their World Series defeat and try to go back-to-back as reigning National League Champions. But the team was dealt something nasty on Thursday. Star hitter Rhys Hoskins went down with what’s been described as an ‘awful’ injury.

Hoskins hurt his knee in non-contact fashion during the Phillies’ Spring Training matchup against the Detroit Tigers.

Jeff Passan of ESPN tweeted, “Awful news from the Phillies game: First baseman Rhys Hoskins is being carted of the field after suffering a non-contact left-knee injury trying to field a groundball.”

Hoskins contributed significantly to last year’s Phillies team in the MLB Postseason. He clubbed six home runs, including four in the National League Championship Series against the San Diego Padres. He’s a major bat in that lineup, and to lose him for an extended period would be an awful, brutal blow for the Phillies.

It’s not yet known what Hoskins’ injury is exactly or the timetable that he will have for recovery. But getting carted off after a non-contact injury is a terrible sign.

The best thing you can hope for – no matter what – is that Rhys Hoskins makes a full recovery. He had signed a one-year, $12 million contract in January. So hopefully this awful injury doesn’t affect any potential gains he could achieve this off-season.

[Jeff Passan]

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