3B Cody Asche Promoted to Phillies: What’s Next for Michael Young?

3B Cody Asche Promoted to Phillies: What’s Next for Michael Young?

So it begins. With the Phillies mired in an ugly eight-game losing streak, and any designs on making the playoffs this season dashed along with it, the organization has promoted third-base prospect Cody Asche to the big club. It was only the first in what is likely to be a series of moves made in the next 24 hours by a front office that suddenly has all eyes fixed on next year.

The logical question now is what’s in store for Michael Young, who has started 90 of 105 possible games at third for the Phils this year. We don’t imagine they brought up Asche so he could warm the bench, while Young – 36 and a free agent at season’s end – is one of the franchise’s prime candidates to deal before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline.

Unfortunately it’s not as simple as that. Young has a full no-trade clause, and although he was willing to waive it for Texas over the offseason in order to join the Phillies, he may not be as cooperative this time around. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the only move the seven-time All Star will approve is back to the Rangers.

It’s unclear what Ruben Amaro Jr. could get in exchange for Young, a two-to-three-month rental who’s batting .277 with a respectable .342 on-base percentage but dismal .402 slugging. It’s probably going to be significantly less as long as the Rangers have the Fightins over a barrel though.

Assuming Rosenthal’s report is accurate, it seems Young is trying to strong-arm his way back to Texas even at the risk of getting stuck in Philadelphia for the rest of the season. Curious decision, but that’s what the man wants. Perhaps that played some role in the club’s decision to call up Asche before Young was actually dealt – a way of sending a message to the veteran that he could wind up sitting if he stays.

While it remains to be seen how all of that plays out over the next 24 hours, the future is here now. Asche is the projected starter at third base next season, and was in the midst of a strong year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A fourth-round pick in 2011, the 23 year old is batting .295 with 15 home runs and 68 runs batted in for the IronPigs. Something called Steve Susdorf was designated for assignment to make room on the Phils' roster.

If nothing else, watching how Asche develops at the big-league level will gives fans a reason to keep in touch with the Phils over the last couple months. And one way or another, Young’s role on the diamond is about to be marginalized. Don’t expect a big haul in return, but it’s hard to believe he’ll be here much beyond this time tomorrow.

>> Young deal coming? Phils to call up Asche [CSN]

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.