Phils prospect Alfaro to 7-day disabled list

Catcher has strained right oblique, had recently been named Eastern League Player of Week

Phils prospect Alfaro to 7-day disabled list

PHILADELPHIA -- After getting off to a torrid start with Double-A Reading, Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro is headed to the seven-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, the team announced Tuesday.

The 22-year-old backstop was named Eastern League Player of the Week on Monday. Before he landed on the DL, Alfaro had begun the season 18-for-36 (.500). Of those 18 hits, six went for extra bases (four doubles, one triple and one home run).

Alfaro missed much of last season after getting surgery on a tendon in his left ankle. He returned at the end of 2015 and got four Gulf Coast League at-bats in his first appearances in the Phillies' organization.

Alfaro is ranked as the Phillies' No. 6 prospect and No. 94 overall by He was acquired from the Rangers' organization as part of the trade that sent Cole Hamels to Texas.

Outfielder Cody Asche sustained a strained right oblique near the beginning of Spring Training, and after a setback, he still has yet to resume baseball activities. Darin Ruf was out for close to two months with a left oblique injury in 2014, Chase Utley missed exactly a month in '13 and Carlos Ruiz just less than a month in '12.

"The one thing about obliques is you can't really rush them," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said of Asche's injury last Wednesday.

Evan Webeck is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.