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Phillies lose Cody Asche to left hamstring strain, could call up third base prospect Maikel Franco

May 25, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

The Phillies announced an unfortunate roster move this afternoon …

Asche is batting .258/.346/.425 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 40 total games this season. Philly will use a platoon of Cesar Hernandez and Reid Brignac at third base in his absence initially, but top third base prospect Maikel Franco, who has caught fire at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, may become an option soon.

Franco, a 21-year-old Dominican, had 31 homers and 103 RBI last season in 134 minor league games.

  1. arb927 - May 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Yes I hope he can bring a spark to the lineup.. The Phils aren’t looking too good right now but are by no means out of it yet, I can only hope their bad wake Up soon

  2. twpguy1964 - May 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Franco is nowhere near ready. He has a strong arm but very limited range in the field, and a limited discipline at the plate. They don’t need a AAA guy hitting around .240, they need a roster shakeup. Nowhere near enough production at 3rd,LF,CF,1st, thats why they suck. Same ole stupid GM moves keep adding to it.

  3. phillies816 - May 26, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    With or without Franco this team flat out sucks. I plan on going to a few games either way, but would go to more games if they went with a youth movement. BTW twpguy, what’s the difference in letting young players hit .240 in the majors vs letting what are supposed to be MLB players doing the same? Revere, Brown, and Howard all flat out suck at this point. Howard is finished. Brown doesn’t care. Revere’s only useful skill is his speed and he screws that up with flat out stupidity on the basepaths.

    • zukny1 - May 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      The Revere criticism has gone too far. He was leading this team in: AVG, SB, & OBP last year prior to his injury. Even w/ the fact that he doesn’t walk enough, he still lead the team in OBP at the time of his injury.

      So let’s remember, he is coming back from injury and he also started slow last year. By the end of the season he will be batting: 315 w/ 40+ SB’s & 350+ OBP

      His fielding needs to be better and his arm sucks, I get that. But the man makes a difference at the plate.

      Save your response for August. That’s when you can man up.

  4. greymares - May 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    At this time Franco is a very mediocre AAA player, I wouldn’t bring him up

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