By Sam Bush

The little engine that could Phillies ran a little bit off the rails yesterday.

Third baseman Maikel Franco left the 8-5 win over the Tigers with a mild right ankle sprain, injuring his foot sliding into second base during the seventh inning.

Franco had a slight limp after the game, and manager Pete Mackanin said the training staff will evaluate him today, an off-day for the Phillies as they travel to Chicago for a three-game weekend series with the Cubs. Mackanin said he anticipates being cautious with Franco over the next several days.

Mackanin said Franco immediately told third-base coach Juan Samuel that he had sprained his ankle when he slid into second base, but he did not come out of the game until between innings when Cesar Hernandez entered at second base and Andres Blanco moved to third.

Franco, with tape on his ankle, said he was fine, but it is a little sore.

The 23-year-old said he is already feeling better, and he anticipates that he will be ready to play Friday in Chicago after he ices his ankle Wednesday and Thursday.

Franco went 5-for-11 with one home run in the Detroit series. He is hitting .260 on the year.

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