Brown to Miss 2 Games with Concussion-Like Symptoms
The Phillies are in desperate need of victories before the July 31 Trade Deadline, but said today he will miss at least tonight’s and tomorrow night’s games because of concussion-like symptoms. Brown slammed into the turf trying to make a catch in the seventh inning in last night’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He complained of dizziness after the game.
It is standard protocol for a player to take a battery of tests to determine if he has suffered a concussion. Brown took those tests today and will learn the results tomorrow, which means he cannot play at the earliest until Friday against the Tigers.
“I feel good,” Brown said. “I feel like I’m back to normal, honestly. I was just a little dizzy yesterday. That’s pretty much it. I didn’t have any headaches.”
But if the tests say he has a concussion he will need to be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
The Phillies can hardly afford to lose Brown, who is hitting .271 with 25 home runs, 76 RBIs and an .847 OPS in 402 plate appearances this season. The Phillies started Laynce Nix in left field tonight for the first time this season. It is his first start since July 6. Nix, who has stared just 16 games this season, is hitless in 11 at-bats in July and has hit .138 since April.
Losing Brown, even if it is just two games, is a blow when the Phillies can least afford one.
“You can’t afford blows, but you’ve got to be able to take a blow though,” Charlie Manuel said. “We’re supposed to take the blows.”
Meant to post this during the break, but MLB Network ran its top plays of the first half and ranked Ben Revere’s ridiculous diving catch in Cincinnati as No. 5.