Update 5:30 PM EST: Asche confirmed on Twitter, to a legion of Phillies fans wondering, that he will be just fine. Mini-crisis avoided.
Update 3:25 PM EST: CSN Philly’s Gregg Murphy says during the broadcast that the preliminary ultrasound on Asche’s hand shows only a bruise, but no broken bones.
In the bottom of the fifth inning of the Phillies-Pirates spring training match-up, Phillies third-baseman Cody Asche was drilled on the right-hand by Pirates rookie Yao-Hsun Yang, causing him to leave the the game.
The 23 year-old Asche immediately exited the game, and was replaced by top-prospect Maikel Franco.
Asche batted .235 with five homeruns and 22 RBI’s in 162 at-bats, and is considered the favorite to be the Phillies opening day third-baseman.
Should he have any significant injuries, Kevin Frandsen would likely step in to replace Asche in the short-term. Franco is likely to begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.