Rhys Hoskins injury update: Brewers star first baseman seeking second opinion

Rhys Hoskins left Monday's game due to a hamstring injury
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When Rhys Hoskins left Monday night's game against the Pirates early with a hamstring injury, Brewers fans and the Brewers themselves held their collective breaths. After the game, manager Pat Murphy said that Hoskins would get an MRI on Tuesday. A diagnosis and decision on recovery time would not be known until then.

The Brewers have gotten the results of the MRI back, and the news is so far inconclusive. Rhys Hoskins will seek a second opinion and will not yet be placed on the injured list.

UPDATE: Shortly after saying they would hold off on an IL stint, the Brewers did indeed place Hoskins on the 10 day IL with a strained right hamstring. Owen Miller was back called up to take the active roster spot.

Hoskins is leading the team in home runs with nine and has an .814 OPS. He's been enjoying a solid comeback season after missing all of 2023 with a torn ACL. Thankfully the injury is not to his surgically repaired knee, but losing Hoskins for any period of time is not ideal.

Hoskins has been a key veteran leader in the clubhouse as well, with Murphy raving about what he brings to the club both on and off the field.

Back on Saturday, Hoskins came through with a clutch, three run go ahead home run to lift the Brewers over the Cardinals. Moments like that are why the Brewers signed Hoskins to a two year, $34MM contract this offseason. He has a player opt out at the end of the year, so it's potentially just a one year deal as Hoskins tries to reset his value for the open market and find a long term contract.

The Brewers and Hoskins will be hoping that he can come back soon and continue to play like he has been through the first six weeks of the regular season

First base will now be handled by a combination of Jake Bauers and Gary Sanchez. Utilityman Andruw Monasterio has also been doing some pregame work at the position recently but he hasn't yet seen game action at first. Bauers has been hitting the ball better of late, including a grand slam on Monday night. If an IL stint is required, Owen Miller is expected to join that first base mix.

We'll see what the second opinion on Hoskins' hamstring says. The Brewers can put him on the IL retroactively back just three days and they likely won't want to be a man down on their bench any longer than that, so a resolution will be coming soon.