The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned 3B/1B Alec Bohm to Triple A Lehigh Valley to make room for the returning Rhys Hoskins, the team announced today. Hoskins was activated off the 10 day injured list after missing 14 games with a groin strain. 

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Bohm has struggled mightily of late, going 1 for his last 13 and hitting .167 over his last 15 games. His defensive struggles are well known, as his 15 errors and -11 defensive runs saved are both fifth most in baseball. On the surface, this move makes sense as the team desperately looks for offense as they are hitting a collective .177 over the last two weeks. 

However, it’s possible to point to Bohm’s lack of playing time recently as one of the reasons for his skid. Bohm was hitting .301 with an .845 OPS in 23 games played from July 1st to August 5th. August 5th was the last game before today that Rhys Hoskins was in the lineup. Since then, Bohm was effectively benched for Brad Miller. Miller is hitting .184 in 43 plate appearances while Bohm is hitting .148 but in just 28 plate appearances over that span. Bohm has started 6 out of a possible 14 games in that span, while Miller has started 10.