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Hoskins avoids serious injury after foul off face

Phillies outfielder feels 'pretty lucky'
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LOS ANGELES -- Rhys Hoskins knows it could have been worse, so in a sense he is fortunate.

Hoskins fouled a ball off his face in the ninth inning of Monday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He showed up Tuesday with a swollen face and a bruised lip, but no stitches, no concussion, no missing teeth and no fractured jaw or nose.

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LOS ANGELES -- Rhys Hoskins knows it could have been worse, so in a sense he is fortunate.

Hoskins fouled a ball off his face in the ninth inning of Monday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He showed up Tuesday with a swollen face and a bruised lip, but no stitches, no concussion, no missing teeth and no fractured jaw or nose.

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"I thought a lot worse right off the bat, made sure I had all my teeth was the first thing I did. I was conscious and walked off the field," Hoskins said. "I'm feeling pretty lucky. I feel pretty good."

Video: PHI@LAD: Hoskins fouls ball off his face, exits game

The Dodgers' team physician cleared Hoskins to play before Tuesday's 6-1 victory over the Dodgers. Hoskins hit a pinch-hit double and scored in the ninth inning. He could return to the lineup Wednesday.

"Rhys we wanted to get right back on the bike," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "We wanted to give him an opportunity to get out there and feel comfortable in the batter's box. He wanted to be out there and I think that's important. Interesting some pitches up and in tested him a little bit, so we feel good about the outcome with Rhys for a number of reasons."

Hoskins said he plans to add a protective shield to his helmet, although he did not have one Tuesday.

"At least till the swelling goes down," he said. "I think it's just a smart thing to do."

May has been a grueling month for Hoskins, and the foul ball to the face capped it. He is hitting .143 with two home runs, nine RBIs and a .506 OPS in 113 plate appearances games since April 27. He hit .346 with four home runs, 19 RBIs and a 1.098 OPS in his first 103 plate appearances to start the season.

It is the first time in his life that he has struggled for an extended stretch like this.

"Yeah, I think I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't tough, but it's part of the game," he said. "I think the biggest thing I'm taking from it is when I do get out of it, I know that in the future when it happens again -- because it's going to happen again -- that I'm going to be able to get out of it. It's just one of those things that you're just going to have to ride out. Unfortunately, it's been a lot longer than I would hope for, but it's part of the game."

Interestingly, Hoskins has posted a .964 OPS in 30 starts hitting cleanup, but a .502 OPS hitting second. He said that is just a coincidence.

But maybe the days off will allow Hoskins to hit the rest button entering June.

"I guess just trying to spin it in a positive way, you never want an injury to happen or be taken out of the lineup physically, but who knows?" he said. "I guess it could be good. Hopefully a blessing in disguise."

Injury updates
• Right-hander Pat Neshek threw 15 pitches in a bullpen session. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Neshek felt "good and healthy."

• Shortstop J.P. Crawford (strained right forearm) played in his first rehab game with Class A Advanced Clearwater. 

• Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff visited a thoracic outlet syndrome specialist on Tuesday in St. Louis. He will receive further evaluation Wednesday.

Extra bases
Larry Bowa and Mickey Morandini will represent the Phillies at the 2018 Draft. The Draft coverage begins on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET on Monday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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