Ankle injury proves to be short-lived for Franco

Ankle injury proves to be short-lived for Franco

CHICAGO -- Maikel Franco's prediction was right. The Phillies' third baseman said his right ankle is doing great, and he was in Friday's lineup against the Cubs just as he said he would be after exiting Wednesday's game vs. the Tigers.

Franco suffered a mild ankle sprain in the seventh inning of that game when he jammed his ankle sliding into second base. Franco didn't leave the game immediately, but he exited between innings.

"I wanted to still play, but sometimes it's not my decision," Franco said.

Franco used the team's off-day Thursday to recover, saying he spent the day "just chilling" while icing his ankle.

Phillies trainers agreed Franco was ready to play in the opener vs. the Cubs. He reinforced that in the Phils' 6-2 loss to the Cubs, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk. In four career games at Wrigley Field, he's 5-for-15 with a home run and five RBIs.

"Everything is good," Franco said.

Worth noting

• Outfielder Cody Asche and left-hander Mario Hollands each had their rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday. Through nine rehab games, Asche -- on the disabled list with a right oblique strain -- is 5-for-34 with two home runs. Hollands, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has allowed only one run in 8 2/3 innings during his six rehab appearances.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.