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Transactions: Asche’s back, Lough is out

The Phillies have announced that outfielder Cody Asche has been activated from the disabled list while David Lough will be designated for assignment. Asche suffered an oblique strain during spring training which has sidelined him nearly all season. The Phillies have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Lough. If he clears the outright waivers he will have the option to reject the assignment and elect to become a free agent.

In his rehab assignments with Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley Asche hit .169 with six extra base hits (four home runs), and 19 strikeouts over 15 total games. 

Outfield production has been lacking for the Phillies, besides Odubel Herrera, who is hitting .319. Tyler Goeddel has improved, raising his average up to .255, but the outfield production still has considerable room for improvement in order for this team to compete at the highest level.

Asche has consistently hit in the .230 -.240 range with below-average power. This will be a big test for the former third baseman, as he needs to prove himself while outfield prospects like Nick Williams and Roman Quinn continue to progress quickly in the minor leagues. 

In 30 big league games this year, the 30-year-old Lough posted a .239 average with three doubles, a triple and four RBI.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Ted Bell

    June 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    And the Cody Asche experiment continues…

  2. Ted Bell

    June 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    By the way, over the past few weeks when I’ve hit the “Post Comment” button there have been several instances when I’ve been redirected to “http://eegiesaberia.o​rg/”. My virus protection (McAfee) immediately blocks it, but there’s definitely something weird going on with this site.

    Be careful out there.

  3. bruce

    June 2, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    As the Phillies fade into irrelevancy as expected in their division, it’s that time of year where the manager begin making changes in hopes of igniting a forlorn offense.

    If I were in the manager’s position, I put Asche in his normal spot at 3rd base and have Franco sit on the bench with Howard (smile) for several games to clear his mind and give thoughts about his approach in the batter’s box. Franco swings wildly like a frustrated fly swatter going after elusive little bugs.. LOL. I hope the hitting instructor, Steve Henderson, is earning his salary by reminding Franco to shorten his swing (instead of swinging for the fences)and be patient in waiting for a good pitch to hit.

    Hopefully, as the season progress, the offense can pick up somewhat with Tommy Joseph gaining maturity and confidence in his approach to opposing pitchers; Maybe Goeddel can improve as well. Of course, we have a solid hitter in Herrera. These are the young players the club is counting on as they wait for the eventual arrival of new prospects such as Williams and Crawford perhaps in the September call-up.

  4. len

    June 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

    “No Offence” How about Asche at second base and Quinn in a corner outfield.

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