Asche bruised but relieved after being hit by pitch

Asche bruised but relieved after being hit by pitch
March 2, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Phillies third baseman Cody Asche suffered a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch on Sunday. (USA Today Images)

Updated 5:15 p.m.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Cody Asche wore a wrap on his right hand and a smile (of relief) on his face.

The Phillies' third baseman was hit by a pitch on the hand during an at-bat in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. The pitch from Pirates lefty Yao-Hsun Yang struck Asche’s hand with a loud thwack. Asche was clearly in pain as athletic trainer Scott Sheridan rushed to home plate.

A preliminary ultrasound performed on Asche at the ballpark showed no break. He will be evaluated further on Monday morning to see if more tests are needed.

“It was scary,” Asche said. “I was scared. Anything on the hand – you need these things to play.”

Asche, 23, played 50 games for the Phillies last season and projects as the club’s opening day third baseman.

Manager Ryne Sandberg was relieved to hear that Asche was OK.

“He got hit pretty good,” Sandberg said. “But it’s just a bruise so that’s a good thing.”

Asche was hit on the back of the hand between the ring finger and pinkie. His hand was bruised and swollen.

“I’ll ice it tonight and see if we need more tests tomorrow, but I think it will be OK,” he said.