The Philadelphia Philies have placed infielder Reid Brignac on the 15 day disabled list with a sprained ankle. Brignac hurt the ankle in an awkward feet-first slide into first base last night.
Brignac was hitting .258 with a home run, ten RBI, and a steal in 66 at bats.
Those numbers are not great by any means, but Brignac did gain some notoriety when he had two walk-off hits in span of two weeks. This included his only home run of the season on June 16th vs. the San Diego Padres. So he was definitely of some use to the Phillies.
Rumors still persist that the Phillies are looking to move shortstop Jimmy Rollins. The injury to Brignac could delay any such move by at least a couple of weeks.
In the corresponding move, third baseman Cody Asche was activated from the disabled list. Asche has been out since May 22nd with hamstring strain.
Asche is hitting .258 with four home runs and 18 RBI over 120 at bats this season.
The Phillies were set to activate Asche today anyway, this just means that they do not have to send anyone to AAA yet. Brignac would have lost his job to Asche anyway and returned to his normal role of utility infielder.
With the injury to Brignac, that take will fall on the shoulders of Cesar Hernandez and Jayson Nix.
Asche is expected to start against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at Busch Stadium against Jaime Garcia.
The Phillies will counter with veteran A.J Burnett in a 8:05 eastern start.