Darick Hall heads to the IL with torn UCL: What it means for the Phillies

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CLEARWATER, FL – FEBRUARY 21: Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Darick Hall (24) fields a ground ball during the spring training workout at Carpenter Complex on February 21, 2023 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

The Phillies have another injured first baseman. Darick Hall has been added to the IL with a right thumb sprain. He’s been put on the 10-Day IL retroactive to 4/6. Hall got the injury while trying to get something started against Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole. Hall lined a ball to the right field line and tried to stretch a single into a double. Sliding into 2B, Hall hurt his thumb.

Darick Hall sustains an injury

Hall actually stayed in the game for an inning before he was removed from the game. Alec Bohm would move to 1B and Edmundo Sosa came in to play 3B.

A later update revealed that Hall tore his UCL and will be out for a couple of months.

The Phillies are calling up Kody Clemens in response to the injury. Clemens, the son of Roger Clemens, has played 13 games at the MLB level. He had a hot Spring Training, hitting .319 with a 1.002 OPS. Clemens started the season at Triple-A, going 2/13.

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Darick Hall reacts after hitting a home run against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

He will probably see some playing time at 1B when facing LHP. Clemens has hit .273 against lefties to start his career. Alec Bohm will most likely start at 1B while Hall is on the IL.

Will the Phillies be able to survive without Darick Hall?

Clemens will be the 1B for the Phillies’ home opener. If you had that on your 2023 Phillies bingo card, congratulations. Clemens will have to face young fireballer Hunter Greene.

Edmundo Sosa will probably see the lion’s share of starting time at 3B. Sosa has begun the season 3/10 at the plate. After coming over from the Cardinals, Sosa hit .315 with a .937 OPS in 2022.

This is the second Phillies’ 1B to hit the IL this season. Rhy Hoskins tore his ACL in a Spring Training game and is currently on the 60-Day IL. He is expected to be out for the season.

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire