7/31/2013 7:10 P.M. ET
Asche gets first start, could see time in right
By Stephen Pianovich / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Cody Asche got his first Major League start at third base Wednesday, and the 23-year-old is expected to get a fair amount of looks there for the rest of the season.
Asche did play some second base in his first professional season in 2011, but since then he has been a third baseman. However, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the team has had some preliminary discussions about Asche getting some time in right field before the end of the year.
"I don't know if we will, but we will talk about it," Manuel said Wednesday.
Asche was called up Tuesday after hitting .295 in Triple-A and hit sixth in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday. Asche was recently ranked by MLB.com as the No. 7 prospect in the Phillies system, but was the second-highest third baseman on the list. Maikel Franco -- who is hitting .373 in 35 games for Double-A Reading -- was ahead of him.
Franco is just 20 years old, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he thinks Franco will stay put at Double-A for the time being. Amaro added that he thought Franco has made "extraordinary progress" this season and that he could compete for the Phillies' third-base job next spring.
"I think he's learning. I think he's a very advanced hitter; it'll be interesting to see how he progresses," Amaro said. "Who knows, we may end up having a battle out there at third base next year in Spring Training."
Michael Young remained on the Phillies' roster as Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline came and went, and with Darin Ruf also on the roster, the Phillies have an abundance of infielders. Ruf has recently been playing left field with Domonic Brown on the disabled list. But once Brown returns, which Amaro said should be in a week, there will be one fewer spot in the lineup.
This is where Asche potentially moving to right field comes into play. Tuesday, Asche said he had never taken fly balls in the outfield as a professional, but said he was open to doing whatever the team asked him to do.
"We haven't really talked about it extensively," Amaro said. "He's athletic enough to do that, but he's our third baseman today and that's where we'll keep him for now."
Lee's next start for Phillies still undetermined
PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee did not go anywhere by Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, and he could make his next start for the Phillies.
Lee missed his previous start last Friday with a stiff neck, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team still has not determined if the All-Star will take the mound for his next scheduled appearance, which comes Friday.
"We're trying to figure out how we're going to set up our rotation through the course of the weekend," Amaro said.
Lee is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 20 starts this season. Raul Valdes got the nod in his place against the Tigers last weekend and allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings.
In other injury news, Amaro said left fielder Domonic Brown is "probably a week away" from returning. Amaro added Brown could make a rehab appearance or two before rejoining the Phillies.
Brown sustained concussion-like symptoms after he landed hard while diving for a fly ball last Tuesday against the Cardinals. Amaro said Brown passed a concussion test Wednesday and will have another one Thursday. The 24-year-old has a team-best 24 homers and 69 RBIs this season.
• Entering Wednesday, the Phillies were 15-6 in their last 21 games at Citizens Bank Park, including a 7-3 win Tuesday night.
• Even with a win Wednesday, the Phillies could only salvage a 12-12 record in July. They have not been above .500 in any month this season.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.