Cody Asche is hitting .295 with 15 homers and 68 RBIs with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. (USA Today Images)
The Phillies have purchased the contract of third baseman Cody Asche from Triple A Lehigh Valley. To make room for Asche, the Phillies designated outfielder Steve Susdorf for assignment.
Asche’s promotion could be a precursor to third baseman Michael Young's being traded before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Young, long rumored to be on the move, is in the Phillies’ starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game (see lineup). Asche, who will wear No. 25, is not.
Young, who spent 12 seasons with the Texas Rangers before joining the Phillies in an offseason trade, has a full no-trade clause. A person with knowledge of Young’s thinking said Tuesday afternoon that Young would only accept a trade to one team — the Rangers. The Rangers have interest in re-acquiring Young, but so far have not offered the Phillies an enticing return.
The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles could also be a fit for Young, but he would have to have a change of heart to accept a deal to one of those clubs.
A lot can happen in 24 hours. The Rangers could come up with a return that the Phillies like or Young could say yes to a different club.
For now, he’s a Phillie.
If Young remains with the Phillies beyond Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, he could get playing time at first base. He could lose time at third to Asche. Phillies officials want to get him regular playing time at the position.
Acquired from Texas last offseason, Young is .277 this season with seven home runs and 32 RBIs.