The Phillies had a bit of scare on Sunday afternoon, as starting third baseman Cody Asche took a fastball to the bottom of his right hand in their Grapefruit League game against the Pirates.

The plunking by southpaw Yao-Hsun Yang was pretty clearly unintentional. Asche stayed on the ground for a minute or two as he was looked at by the trainer. He pointed to the bottom of his hand just above the wrist and was removed from the game as a precaution.

Serious injury appears to have been avoided, thankfully. The Phillies announced that a preliminary ultrasound came back clean and the current diagnosis is just a bruise. I'm sure Asche will be examined further considering how easy it is to break a bone -- especially a small hairline fracture -- in your hand on a pitch like that.

Asche, 23, made his MLB debut last year and hit .235/.302/.389 (90 OPS+) with five home runs in 50 late season games. He hit .287/.343/.438 with 29 homers in his brief (302 games) minor league career after being the team's fourth round pick in the 2011 draft.