Monday, August 31, 2015

Cody Asche removed after being hit by pitch

The Phillies diagnosed Cody Asche with a bruised hand after a preliminary ultrasound examination showed no broken bones. More tests are likely.

Cody Asche removed after being hit by pitch

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Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was hit by a pitch on his right hand against the Pirates. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was hit by a pitch on his right hand against the Pirates. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The thud sounded as if ball hit helmet, but Cody Asche gripped his right hand. An errant pitch from Pittsburgh lefthander Yao-Hsun Yang struck the Phillies' third baseman. He departed Sunday's game in visible pain.

For now, it appears the Phillies dodged serious trouble. The team diagnosed Asche with a bruised hand after a preliminary ultrasound examination showed no broken bones. More tests are likely.

The 23-year-old Asche will start at third base on opening day barring injury or a disastrous spring performance. His challenger is Maikel Franco, the organization's top prospect. The Phillies would rather Franco gain more experience in the minor leagues.

Yang, a 31-year-old import from Taiwan, pitched in the Japanese minor leagues last season. He hit two Phillies and walked another in the fifth inning.

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Franco replaced Asche at third.


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