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Cody Asche leaves spring training game with a hand injury

Mar 2, 2014, 3:18 PM EST

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Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was hit in the right hand with a fastball from Pirates pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang in the bottom of the fifth inning this afternoon. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer described the uncomfortable sound as “that of a ball hitting helmet”. Asche was taken out of the game under his own power and replaced by prospect Maikel Franco. He will undergo evaluations and we should hear the results tomorrow, if not later today.

[Update: Preliminary results on Asche’s ultrasound came up negative, per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.]

Although Franco is a third baseman and the Phillies’ best prospect according to most, the Phillies can’t be happy with what they saw. Franco is still rough around the edges and would benefit from starting the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Asche is no superstar, but is a dependable stopgap who provided decent production at the hot corner last season.

  1. karlkolchak - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Okay, so dude got hit in the hand yet “was taken out of the game under his own power.” Am I missing something or does he normally walk on his hands?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Well, no one walks with their Johnson either, but guys seem to have a hard time with it after HBPiD.

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Okay, so dude got hit in the hand yet “was taken out of the game under his own power.”

      Under his own power. Means they didn’t need to apply cable-jumpers! All is good!

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    So, Franco is the Phillies’ best prospect but he’s no superstar according to you. Why do you hate the Phillies, Baer. Why???

    he he

    • block83 - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Read it again. He said “Asche is no superstar” and Franco is “still rough around the edges.”

      • historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Pssst, I’m just messing with Bill. That was not serious.

  3. kingscourt25 - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    A .691 OPS is not decent production from the stopgap

  4. bpearse230 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    So he’s not pregnant

    • historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Nope.

  5. bpearse230 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    So he’s not pregnant.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Still not.

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