The Philadelphia Phillies have placed third baseman Cody Asche on the 15-day disabled list and called up RHP Justin De Fratus.
Asche injured his hamstring in Friday night’s Phillies-Dodgers game and had to be replaced. The Philadelphia Inquirer says that Asche tried to give it a go Sunday but was shut down after a ten-minute workout with trainer Shawn Fcasni.
De Fratus was called up to help out with a Phillies bullpen that is currently shorthanded but on Monday Philadelphia could make another move to call up third baseman Maikel Franco.
“It’s a possibility [that we could call up Franco],” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said via the Inquirer. “We’ll see whether it’s the right thing for us and the right thing for him. … We’ll kick it around.”
Franco sizzled in 2013 on two minor league levels for Philadelphia, finishing the season .320/.356/.569 with 31 HRs and 103 RBI. He hasn’t been nearly as hot so far in 2014 with AAA Lehigh Valley, hitting just .235/.312/.365.
Given Franco’s talent, you have to believe the Phillies are excited to get him up and see what he can do. Asche’s injury may have provided them the perfect opportunity to give Franco a taste of major league pitching.