Phillies Notes: Asche survives a scare, takes infield practice

Roberto Hernandez was in control Monday against his ex-team.
Roberto Hernandez was in control Monday against his ex-team. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff)
Posted: March 05, 2014

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - With one week completed in the Grapefruit League schedule, the typical spring maladies have affected the Phillies infield. Reserves Freddy Galvis (twisted right ankle) and Ronny Cedeno (back tightness) were removed Monday from a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Cody Asche nursed a bruised right hand while Jimmy Rollins stayed home with flu symptoms.

None of the ailments was considered serious.

Asche's provided the biggest scare, but his day was not a total loss. The third baseman participated in infield drills one day after being drilled on his right hand by a pitch.

He did not hit Monday but planned to do so Tuesday. The Phillies will hold him from game action for at least two days.

"He wanted to take ground balls today - believe it or not - since it is his throwing hand," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Just knowing him, he'll be anxious. But that's a day-to-day thing, and when it makes sense for him to throw a baseball, he'll be back in there."

Galvis injured himself on a fourth-inning slide into third base, where he was thrown out after going from first to third.

"It's good," Galvis said afterward.

He was in the game at that point only because Cedeno was scratched shortly before the first pitch. The Phillies termed their exits "precautionary." Andres Blanco, a non-roster invitee, played the remainder of the game at shortstop and made a nifty play behind righthander Phillippe Aumont.

Hernandez better

Roberto Hernandez silenced his former team with three superb innings. The fifth starter gave up one hit and struck out three on an economical 46 pitches (29 strikes). His location improved; Tampa Bay grounded out three times.

Sandberg liked the combination of Hernandez with backup catcher Wil Nieves. Hernandez's fastball sat at 90 to 91 m.p.h., according to the stadium's radar gun.

Hamels on track

Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) still is likely to appear in a Grapefruit League game next week. He will throw a third bullpen session Tuesday and face hitters in live batting practice Thursday and Sunday.

Pettibone slowed

Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder inflammation) is behind Hamels. He threw another light bullpen session Monday morning for pitching coach Bob McClure. The Phillies are optimistic that Pettibone, the team's sixth starter entering spring training, can avoid an extended absence.

Extra bases

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will make his second appearance Thursday with the Phillies' split squad that faces the Detroit Tigers. David Buchanan again will start, with Gonzalez relieving him. Justin Verlander will make his spring debut for Detroit that day. . . . The other half of the Phillies will oppose Yankees righthander Masahiro Tanaka in Clearwater. Tanaka, the $155 million import from Japan, debuted against the Phillies last week. . . . Cliff Lee starts a rare night game Tuesday at Bright House Field.

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