Hoskins should have a quick recovery after elbow surgery


Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins had surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left elbow on Friday.

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.

Hoskins’ surgery was performed by Phillies team physician Steve Cohen.

Compared to Tommy John surgery, named for the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who first had the procedure in 1974, internal brace is a relatively new procedure that has given athletes an option other than full reconstruction. You can learn more about the procedure here.

Hoskins’ injury is to his non-throwing arm, which is considered a plus in his recovery. He suffered the injury making a play on a wide throw September 12 in Miami. His left arm collided with a baserunner and bent awkwardly, causing damage to the UCL.

Hoskins, 27, hit .245 with 10 homers and 26 RBIs in 41 games for the Phillies in 2020. He was second on the team behind Bryce Harper with a .887 OPS.

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