Asche dealing with tendinitis in left hamstring

Asche dealing with tendinitis in left hamstring

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had a reason not to play third baseman Cody Asche on Saturday.

Asche is battling tendinitis in his left hamstring. Cesar Hernandez started at third for a second consecutive game.

"Nothing severe," Asche said. "I've been playing through it for about six or seven games. I don't think the training staff really liked the way it was headed, so we're just trying to kill it right now. We've got a pretty important stretch right now."

Asche missed some time in early April because of a hamstring issue.

"It's a little bit different," he said.

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