WASHINGTON -- Philadelphia pitcher Alec Asher, 24, had a 9.31 ERA last season and served an 80-game suspension this year after a drug suspension.But despite those challenges, the Phillies, who are out of the playoff race, would like to see what the young right-hander can do so he will start on Thursday in Washington against the Nationals.Asher got his butt handed to him last year, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told philly.com last month. He goes down to Triple-A; he never threw the two-seam fastball. He started throwing it. Every report Ive gotten was that its nasty. He actually had success with it.So thats why it was disappointing what happened to him happened because it seemed to be a game-changer for him. We never got to see it. Thats why Id like to see it, added Mackanin, who was drafted by the Washington Senators in 1968.Asher served an 80-game drug suspension that ended Sept. 4. He was allowed to pitch in the Gulf Coast League last month for a Phillies farm team.Last year, Asher had a 9.31 ERA -- the highest mark ever in a season for a Philadelphia pitcher who made at least seven starts.Asher, who is from Lakeland, Fla., has a very small track record against Washington hitters.Daniel Murphy, who seems to hit everyone, is 1-for-1 with a homer and three RBI against Asher and backup catcher Jose Lobaton is also 1-for-1 against Asher. Murphy had three hits on Wednesday for the second day in a row.Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon are 1-for-3 against Asher and Clint Robinson is 1-for-2.Asher was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 2012 draft and traded to the Phillies in July 2015.He was 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA in seven starts last season as he made his major league debut.Washington will also throw a young right-hander from Florida on Thursday, as A.J. Cole is scheduled to make the start.Cole, also 24, made his big league debut in three games, with one start, last year with the Nationals and was 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA.A fourth-round pick in 2010 by the Nationals, he spent most of this year at Triple-A Syracuse of the International League.Cole is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts for Washington this year and has seemed much more poised on the big league mound this year.The Nationals rotation appeared to get a lift Wednesday as right-hander Stephen Strasburg came off the 15-day disabled list.We dont really know what his endurance level is, manager Dusty Baker said before the game. Nobody knows better than the pitcher. I know he is a competitor.But then Strasburg was removed from the game in the top of the third after throwing just 42 pitches.Strasburg was not available to the media after the game and he is slated to have an MRI on Thursday, according to Baker.He felt a pinch in the back of his elbow. That was a long walk, Baker said of his trip to the mound in the top of the third to take him out. So I am hoping he is OK. We will find out more tomorrow. He is frustrated and upset. I told you guys earlier ... he said he felt fine (before the game). You dont know until you get into action.Strasburg was a Tommy John surgery patient and so was Lucas Giolito, a rookie right-hander. Baker doesnt think the Wednesday injury is the same area of his elbow that put him on the disabled list last month.I am just hoping Stras is OK, said Giolito, who gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings as the second reliever to follow Strasburg. It is definitely not the best thing to look at. It is definitely a tough thing.Washington also activated infielder Stephen Drew off the 15-day disabled list after he suffered from vertigo. He came off the bench on Wednesday and was 1-for-1 with a walk.We are glad to have him back. We are not sure what capacity we are going to use him, Baker said. 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The Utah Jazz were merely without their coach and second-leading scorer.In a game defined by who was missing, Gordon Hayward and the Jazz continued to assert themselves in the Western Conference.Hayward scored 23 points and Utah overcame the absence of ill coach Quin Snyder for its sixth victory in seven games, 107-101 over the depleted Lakers on Monday night.Rodney Hood scored 16 points and hit two difficult shots in the waning minutes to keep the Jazz on track to win their only road game in a nine-game stretch. They made up for the absence of George Hill with scoring balance: seven players managed at least nine points.Veteran assistant Igor Kokoskov ran the Jazz for Snyder, who fell ill earlier in the day and decided he couldnt coach shortly before game time. Utahs bus also got stuck in traffic and arrived late at Staples Center.Its difficult, but to be a pro, you have to be there and be prepared for your team, Kokoskov said of his last-minute NBA head coaching debut. The team needs you, and you have to step up. Thats what we ask from our guys, and thats what you do as a coach.Players on both benches stepped into important roles.Lou Williams had 38 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who rallied in the fourth quarter and nearly stole a victory despite finishing their eighth loss in 11 games without a large chunk of their roster.Tarik Black sprained his right ankle in the third quarter and joined DAngelo Russell, Nick Young, Jose Calderon and Larry Nance Jr. on the sidelines as Los Angeles lost its third straight while playing its ninth game in 14 days. Injuries and a brutal schedule have conspired to slow down the Lakers encouraging start under first-year coach Luke Walton, but Williams led another thrilling rally.Its been tough, because were kind of short-handed right now, said Jordan Clarkson, who scored 17 points. It just shows we aint backing down from anybody, and we aint letting up. This time will pass and well get back to winning games.Wiilliams scored nine points early in the fourth quarter, and Julius Randles layup trimmed Utahs lead to 98-95.dddddddddddd But Hood nailed two tough shots during Utahs ensuing 9-2 run to ice it.Quin is our leader, so it definitely was a different situation for us, Hayward said after his eighth consecutive 20-point game. I thought Coach Igor and the rest of the staff did a great job.LOUUUUUTwo nights after scoring 40 points in Memphis, Williams put together the first back-to-back 30-point games of his 12-year NBA career. He also became the first Lakers player to score at least 38 points in successive games since Kobe Bryant in March 2013.When we need him, he has stepped up on the court, Walton said. That gives other people a lot of confidence.KOKOSKOVS TURNKokoskov got his first game in charge of an NBA team after a long career as an assistant with six franchises and as a head coach in Europe. The 44-year-old Serbian first arrived stateside in 1999 as an assistant to Snyder at Missouri.RON-RON RETURNSWith his top two point guards out, Walton came up with an unorthodox starting lineup due to injuries. Seldom-used veteran Metta World Peace joined a group with no players under 6-foot-7 as a counter to the Jazzs big lineup. World Peace became the 11th player to start a game for the Lakers this season. The 37-year-old veteran hadnt started since March 18, and he had appeared in just four of the Lakers previous 14 games.TIP-INSJazz: Kokoskov is the head coach of Slovenias national team in his spare time. He also spent seven years as Georgias head coach. ... Hill missed his third straight game with a sprained left big toe.Lakers: Calderon will be out at least two more weeks with a strained right hamstring. ... Russell will be re-evaluated Tuesday to determine how much longer he will be sidelined by a sore knee. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in the joint two weeks ago.UP NEXTJazz: Host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.Lakers: At the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. ' ' '
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