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The Phillies activated OF Cody Asche and LHP Mario Hollands from the DL Thursday and designated OF David Lough for assignment

The Phillies removed both Cody Asche and Mario Hollands from the disabled list on Thursday, but only one of them will be joining the team in Philadelphia for tonight's game against Milwaukee. To make room, David Lough was designated for assignment.

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.

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 To make room for Asche, the Phillies designated outfielder David Lough for assignment. Lough, 30, hit .239 in 30 games with the Phillies after opening the season with Lehigh Valley, where he had hit .280 in six games prior to being added to the Phillies roster on April 17. The move not only cleared a spot on the Philleis 25-man roster, but one on the 40-man roster as well, which was needed to activate left-hander Mario Hollands, who missed all of last season after Tommy John surgery. Hollands was also on a rehab assignment and had eight days remaining on the 30-day allotment given to pitchers for rehabs. Rather than having Hollands rejoin the big league club immediately, the Phillies optioned him to Lehigh Valley, where he will continue to work to strengthen his arm and regain command of his pitches. 

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.

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