6/22/2014 7:47 P.M. ET
Asche gives family, friends something to cheer
By Alex Halsted / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Cody Asche's mother picked him up at the airport on Thursday morning when he arrived in St. Louis, fresh off a rehab stint in the Minors.
Three days later, family and friends watched the native of St. Charles, Mo., give the Phillies an early three-run lead with a bases-clearing double in the second inning.
"It was fun to get back here and play in front of everybody," Asche said. "I think it was just better to see everybody at night. I had a good dinner with them [on Saturday]. It was a good time."
The Phillies ended up losing, 5-3, on Sunday, but Asche relished the chance to play in his hometown for the first time since being called up last season -- after the Phillies had already visited the Cardinals.
Asche, who grew up about 25 minutes from Busch Stadium, hadn't played in the Majors since May 22 while dealing with a strained left hamstring. His rehab stint came to an end on Wednesday -- perfect timing for a return home.
"He's really swung the bat well since he got back here," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He made a lot of good contact, so that was big."
Asche went 3-for-12 in his first three games off the disabled list but represented the Phillies' primary offense on Sunday; he had two of the team's five hits and drove in all of its runs.
The quick success, he said, left a good feeling.
"It was a little bit of a confidence booster to come back and step in and help contribute any way that I could," he said. "I think you always have a little bit of doubt in your mind if you come off an injury and step into a team that's playing really well. You don't want to step in and be a weak link."
Revere back in lineup after missing five games
ST. LOUIS -- There was a pep to Ben Revere's step Sunday morning as he carried his bat back from the batting cage at Busch Stadium.
Revere, out of the starting lineup the last five days with a swollen left knee, returned to the leadoff spot in the final game of the Phillies' seven-game road trip Sunday.
"Everything feels go, I just wanted to get all the swelling out before I got back out there," Revere said. "The knee feels good."
Revere banged into the wall at Turner Field in Atlanta on Monday while making a running catch. After sitting out Tuesday, Revere entered Wednesday and Thursday as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-2.
The speedy center fielder had some restriction even when pinch-hitting due to the swelling and took medication in addition to icing the knee, which continued to improve in recent days.
"The day after, my knee swelled up and it was hard for me to run," Revere said. "My game is speed, so they were just like, 'Let's get that thing out of there as soon as possible.' Just give me a couple of days off is what [manager Ryne] Sandberg wanted to do. It was a little precaution, but luckily it wasn't anything serious."
Revere has hit .280 with 20 stolen bases in 64 games. With him back in the lineup Sunday, Jimmy Rollins moved to his usual No. 2 spot as Revere started his 49th game as the leadoff hitter this season.
Rollins' hit streak stops at 15
ST. LOUIS -- Jimmy Rollins' 15-game hitting streak game to a halt Sunday when he went 0-for-4 in the Phillies' 5-3 loss to the Cardinals.
The streak reached 15 games Saturday when Rollins reached on an infield single in the eighth inning. The streak was not special due to length -- he has had a 38-game hitting streak in his career -- but because of the way he had gotten there.
In his longest hitting streak since his National League MVP season in 2007, Rollins collected exactly one hit in each game. The longest streak of one-hit games since 1900 was set by Cardinals infielder Ted Simmons, who had 16 straight in 1975.
Rollins, who is hitting .244, fell one game short of matching that mark.
Gillies, involved in '09 Lee deal, released
ST. LOUIS -- Tyson Gillies, a key part of the 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee from Philadelphia to Seattle, was released by the Phillies on Sunday.
Gillies, who was removed from the team's 40-man roster earlier this month, was hitting .214 with 44 strikeouts in 43 games this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The 25-year-old outfielder was one of three players who came from the Mariners in the trade, along with pitchers J.C. Ramirez and Phillippe Aumont.
Ramirez appeared in 18 games for the Phillies last season, posting a 7.50 ERA before being granted free agency and signing with the Indians last offseason. He's stationed at Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate.
Aumont is the lone player remaining with the organization. Aumont, though, allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings when he was recalled to the Majors in early June. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 4.02 ERA at Triple-A this season.
Lee returned to the Phillies following the 2010 season after the Mariners traded him to Texas. He is on the disabled list with a strained left elbow.
• After wrapping up their seven-game road trip Sunday in St. Louis, the Phillies return to Philadelphia for an eight-game homestand against the division-rival Marlins and Braves in a pair of four-game series. Philadelphia has struggled at home, going 16-21.
"It's hard to put my finger on it as we speak," Sandberg said when asked about playing better on the road. "If there's a positive to that, we've established that we can play on the road. To carry that over to home when we're playing at home, that would be another positive."
• Catcher Cameron Rupp, ranked as the Phillies' No. 18 prospect, got his first start of the season Sunday. Rupp, who was recalled Friday to add depth after Wil Nieves cramped up Wednesday, appeared in four games for the Phillies last season, hitting .308.
• The Phillies recalled pitcher B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday at the conclusion of their seven-game road trip, optioning reliever Ethan Martin back to Triple-A.
Martin had appeared in two games in early June during his stay with the Phillies, most recently pitching June 7. Sandberg said the key behind Sunday's move was getting Martin more innings.
"He needs to go pitch," Sandberg said. "It's just game situational here. The starters have been going [deep] and there's just not enough work for him in the bullpen. So he's just going to stay sharp and to pitch."
Rosenberg was with the team in April, last pitching in the Majors on April 20. In eight appearances he posted a 7.11 ERA, allowing five runs in 6 1/3 innings. He has posted a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A.
Rosenberg will join the Phils as they begin an eight-game homestand Monday.
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.