On Tuesday, Cody Asche told Comcast Sports Net that he was looking forward to seeing different stadiums. Tonight, he'll get his first look at Citizens Bank Park this season after being activated from the disabled list, where he has been since Spring Training with a strained oblique. At first, it was thought Asche wouldn't spend nearly as much time on the DL as he did, but while recovering from the injury, he reinjured the oblique playing in a spring minor league game and wound up on the DL.
Thursday marked the 20th day of Asche's rehab assignment, which meant the Phillies had to either shut down the rehab or activate him. In 15 rehab games with Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley, Asche hit a combined 4-8-.169/.222/.407 in 63 at-bats. With Lehigh Valley, Asche was hitting .200 in his six games with the IronPigs.
Like Asche, Hollands has also played for Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley on his rehab stint and is a combined 0-0 with a 1.46 ERA in eight games, covering 12 1/3 innings. Hollands threw a 2 2/3 inning stint for Lehigh Valley on Sunday and pitched again in Wednesday night's win over Norfolk, but has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. Manager Dave Brundage wasn't sure when Hollands would be cleared to pitch in back-to-back games as of Wednesday night.
To clear a spot on the Lehigh Valley roster, pitcher Bobby LaFromboise was released. LaFromboise was 1-3 with a 5.94 ERA in 13 relief appearances with the IronPigs, covering 16 2/3 innings. The 29-year old lefty struggled with his control and had issued nine walks, while striking out eight.