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NL Notes: Hoskins making big statement for Phillies

Plus notes on the Marlins, Dodgers, Nationals and Brewers.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Rookies aren’t supposed to come in and immediately send the ball over the fence. Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins is no ordinary rookie.

Hoskins has crushed 11 home runs in his first 18 games at the major-league level. No rookie has ever hit for power at such an alarming rate, and in a season of futility for the Phillies, Hoskins has acted as a much-needed bright spot.

Here’s what else is happening around the National League:

With the Marlins’ Giancarlos Stanton keeping pace at the non-steroid home run record of 61, not all is clear in the Miami front office. Stanton could easily be dumped at the end of the season, and signed to a true contender in return for a plethora of prospects. However, perhaps that’s not the first statement Jeter and Co. want to make as representatives of the new management. As Giancarlo approaches 61 home runs, things are heating up both on the field and in the owner’s box.

Some things are more important than baseball, as made obvious by a horrifying scene that unfolded during an Arizona League Brewers game on Saturday night. Julio Mendez, who was up to bat for the Brewers’ Arizona League affiliate, was struck in the chest by a pitch, causing his pulse to flatline as his heart stopped for a shocking twenty minutes. Mendez’s heart was shocked back into action three times as he lay on the field, but fell back into unconsciousness and was taken to an area hospital. As of midday Sunday, Mendez has improved from critical to stable condition, following what the team deemed a “cardiac event.” Fish Stripes sends its thoughts to Mendez and his family, as we hope for an easy recovery.

Obligatory Nationals injury update here! Jayson Werth and Trea Turner are expecting to make a rehab stint in Potomac as they return from injuries. Ryan Zimmerman has suffered a shoulder injury, and missed a game as Dusty Baker, instead, used him for one game of a doubleheader. Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper continue to ride the bench with injuries — Scherzer is set to return this week, while Harper has reportedly made little progress and is likely to be out until the NLDS in five weeks.

The Dodgers’ NL West rivals aren’t going to like this: Clayton Kershaw enjoyed a successful rehab outing at Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday night. Kershaw struck out eight in five innings of work, surrendering just one run over two hits. Look for Kershaw to return to Chavez Ravine within the week as L.A. chases 116 wins.