Domonic Brown Is On His Way
The Domonic Brown era begins tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies placed Shane Victorino on the DL with a strained left abdominal muscle. He had a MRI exam this morning morning, which revealed the severity of the injury.
Phillies fans have anxiously awaited Brown’s arrival for months.
Brown, who Baseball America recently named the top prospect in baseball, is the only top prospect the Phillies refused to trade in the past 12 months, when they sent four prospects to Cleveland for Cliff Lee and three prospects to Toronto for Roy Halladay.
He hit a combined .327 with 20 home runs and 68 RBIs in 93 games this season with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Interestingly, as fans begged the Phillies to call up Brown earlier, Brown said this month at the All-Star Futures Game in Anahem that he did not mind the wait.
“You’ve got to be patient,” he said. “You talk about moving up. That’s not a big thing at all. I thought I might have been in Double-A the whole year. I don’t know. That’s just how I look at things. I’m in Triple-A, so I’m having fun. I’m enjoying my time. It’s not a hard thing. I’ve watched guys who’ve already come through the system. It took those guys time, so why can’t I wait? It’s not a rush for me at all, man. I see some guys, they come here, they get drafted high and talk about how they’re going to be in the big leagues the next year. I’m like, it doesn’t work like that. I just know reality. I know what’s going on.”
Brown might not have been called up until September, unless the Phillies suffered an injury like Victorino’s or traded rightfielder Jayson Werth, which no longer seems a possibility. That is because leftfielder Raul Ibanez has hit .367 (18-for-49) with four doubles, one home run and nine RBIs in 14 games since July 8. He has done a splendid job in the No. 3 spot in the lineup vacated by Chase Utley. Werth has hit .429 (12-for-28) with four doubles, one home run, four RBIs, a .579 on-base percentage and a .679 slugging percentage in nine games since July 18.
Victorino had hit .250 with 15 home runs, 53 RBIs and 20 stolen bases before the injury.
Brown, who will wear No. 9, will be in uniform Wednesday, although it remains to be seen if he will be in the starting lineup. If he is, he will play right field with Werth likely playing center field until Victorino returns.