Phillies Notebook: Phils' Asche back on the field after scare Sunday

Posted: March 05, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche threw his glove on the infield grass and dropped to the ground to stretch. Minutes later, he was back up and at his position at third base, fielding ground balls with Kevin Frandsen.

"I got lucky," Asche said.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Asche was struck in the back of his right hand with an errant pitch from Pittsburgh's Yao-Hsun Yang. The sound of ball meeting bone was jarring; it quieted most of the ballpark Sunday afternoon at Bright House Field.

Asche was removed from the game and initial tests were negative. Yesterday, Asche received treatment on the hand, but it had healed enough that it did not require an X-ray or MRI.

Unlike the rest of the players who stayed back from yesterday's trip to Port Charlotte, Asche did not take batting practice yesterday morning. He said he would resume hitting today.

As of yesterday morning, Asche's name was not in the lineup for tonight's game in Clearwater against Toronto. Maikel Franco is in line to start in his place at third base.

Cole Hamels should be ready to start his first Grapefruit League game next week.

Hamels will face hitters for the first time in 2014 when he pitches in a live batting-practice session Thursday.

Hamels entered camp behind schedule after battling biceps tendinitis in November. He has been healthy since arriving in Florida but is behind the rest of the pitchers in building endurance and arm strength.

Hamels is on tap for a side bullpen session today, his third time throwing off a mound in the last week. He'll face hitters Thursday and is on tap to do the same Sunday.

If he continues on his current path, with 2 days off between throwing, Hamels could jump into a Grapefruit League game as soon as March 12 against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota.

Cliff Lee will make his second spring start when the Phillies host the Blue Jays tonight (6:35, The Comcast Network). It will mark the second time in 6 days that Lee will be matched up against fellow former Cy Young Award-winner R.A. Dickey . . . Mike Adams is scheduled to throw his third bullpen session of the spring tomorrow. Adams, who had shoulder surgery July 31, said yesterday morning his side session Sunday went better than his first time off the mound Thursday: "Hopefully, everything keeps progressing like that" . . . Jimmy Rollins wasn't in camp yesterday while battling flulike symptoms, the Phillies said. Rollins is expected to be in the starting lineup against Toronto.

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