Brown Looking Up Despite Broken Hand

Domonic Brown landed in Philadelphia late this afternoon/early evening and NBC 10’s John Clark caught up with him at the airport.

Here is some of what Brown told Clark:

“It’s not that bad at all,” Brown said of the break. “They’re saying three to six weeks. I’m only 23 years old. It’s really just a little bump in the road. … I’m really not worried at all. As long as we win and do what we’ve got to do. I’m not a selfish guy at all. Of course I’m angry, of course I’m mad about the situation, but you’ve got to move on. These things happen, especially in sports.”

Brown fractured the hook of the hamate in his right hand fouling off a pitch Saturday. He finished the at-bat, singling up the middle for his first hit of the spring, snapping a 0-for-15 skid.

“I was feeling good, finally feeling my hand position,” Brown said. “It’s only 15 at-bats, man. You can’t say anything about 15 at-bats, especially with my hand positioning and doing all the movements and everything. It’s going to take time for me to get ready. Fifteen at-bats is nothing.”

I completely agree. We’ve seen plenty of hitters go through worse slumps. It’s crazy for anybody to draw any conclusions from Brown’s first 15 at-bats in Spring Training. Brown is extremely talented. Yes, he struggled in Winter Ball. But you can’t just dismiss his entire body of work based on 35 at-bats in Spring Training and Dominican Winter Ball. I also don’t agree with people who mention his average in his short stint with the Phillies last season. He played very, very sporadically. Find me a young player with no big league experience getting one or two at-bats a week for two months and tearing the cover off the ball.

I’m looking forward to seeing Brown come back from this injury. He’ll have a chance to get more comfortable with his swing in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. If and when he does he should get back to the big leagues feeling better at the plate.

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3 Comments

Poor kid, just can’t catch a break (no pun intended!). Did he walk in front of black cat/walk under a ladder. Hopefully this will won’t “ruin” his year.

He’ll be fine. He was held back last season by keeping him on the roster after Victorino came back. He should have been playing every day in AAA, and he is right about not panicking over 15 at-bats this spring. He’ll be kicking NL butt by August after getting his feet back on the ground in AAA.

Except if Ben Fransisco is having a decent year up to the time Brown would be able to come back. What the Phillies do then? This could be a win-win situation for all involved if Fransisco produces and Brown gets more ABs in AAA.

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