Strained oblique for Asche leaves Phils short

Outfielder day to day after MRI confirms injury, will proceed with caution

Strained oblique for Asche leaves Phils short

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies are a little thin in the outfield these days.

Aaron Altherr will miss four to six months following surgery Wednesday to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. But Cody Asche also has been sidelined. A MRI on Wednesday confirmed he has a Grade 1 strained right oblique.

The Phillies said Asche remains day to day.

"Well, there is no timetable [for his return]," manager Pete Mackanin said. "I'm hoping tomorrow he feels better. I don't know. Those things are funny. I've had an oblique strain before, and it's one of those things that it's hard to get rid of. Rest is probably the best thing. It's a day-to-day thing."

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Altherr and Asche were two of the Phils' five outfielders projected to make the Opening Day roster. The others were Odubel Herrera, Peter Bourjos and Rule 5 Draft pick Tyler Goeddel, who are healthy. The only other outfielders in camp with a chance to make the team are David Lough, Darnell Sweeney and Cedric Hunter. Top prospects Nick Williams and Roman Quinn will open the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Infielders like Emmanuel Burriss and Ryan Jackson have some outfield experience. Mackanin said he has no plans to use first basemen Darin Ruf or Brock Stassi in the outfield.

"It's not too serious, but at the same time, it's enough to cause some precaution," Asche said. "I just basically have to go on how I feel. If I feel good, I can keep progressing."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.