With a struggling offense at the major league level, the Phillies are looking for help from anywhere. One piece of the puzzle could be Cody Asche, who was penciled in for left field this season, but went down with an oblique injury during spring training. The injury - and a subsequent setback - has sidelined him all season, but he is ready to work his way back toward Philadelphia.
Asche, 25, played five innings in left field for the Threshers Friday night and finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout at the plate in Clearwater's 5-1 loss to the Tampa Yankees. There is no immediate timetable for Asche to return to the majors, but rehab assignments for position players can last up to 20 days.
Asche wasn't the only hitter who struggled against Tampa right-hander Chance Adams, who allowed four hits, a walk and one earned run over 7 2/3 innings of work.
Tampa put up three runs in the bottom of the fifth against Clearwater starter Ranfi Casimiro, but came back in the top of the fifth to get one of those runs back. The Threshers got a leadoff single from Gabriel Lino, who went to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a sacrifice fly from Malquin Canelo. Scott Kingery then grounded a ball to short, which allowed Lino to score to make it a 3-1 game. Unfortunately, Tampa bounced right back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Threshers are now 22-12 on the season, leaving them a game ahead of Tampa (21-13) in the Florida State League's North Division.
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WP: Luke Leftwich (3-1, 2.10), LP: B. Helton (1-2, 5.40), SV: Robert Tasin (6)
HR: LKW - Jan Hernandez (4); WV - none
Wilson Garcia (1-for-4) has 13 game hitting streak. L. Leftwich 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K