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Brown Scratched from Lineup, Winter Ball and 2011 …

The Phillies scratched Domonic Brown from tonight’s lineup against the Marlins because of tightness in his right quadriceps.

Brown said he has been feeling tightness for about a week, but aggravated it sliding into home plate in Game 2 of a doubleheader Monday. Brown was scheduled to see a team doctor this evening.

“I think I’m all right,” Brown said.

Brown, who the organization just named its Paul Owens Minor League Player of the Year, said he felt the quad during early hitting.

“I didn’t want to make it any worse, so they decided to take me out of the lineup,” Brown said.

Jayson Werth, who had hit .059 (1-for-17) in his career against Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad, took his place and hit seventh.

Brown is hitting .214 with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs in 30 games with the Phillies. Ruben Amaro Jr. said Brown would have been better served spending more time with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but injuries and other roster decisions put the Phillies in position to keep him on the 25-man roster longer than they wanted.

But Amaro said the Phillies have talked with Brown and his agent about playing Winter Ball, which would help him make up for the at-bats he lost sitting on the Phillies’ bench.

“He’s not the perfect, finished product yet,” Amaro said. “He’s got things to learn, things to do, things to improve upon. We’ll see how it goes.”

There is a good chance Brown will be the Phillies’ everyday rightfielder in 2011. Werth will be one of the top two free agent outfielders this fall – Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford being the other — and the Phillies have not had any substantial talks with Werth for months. Werth is looking for new representation, although it is unclear how that might affect future talks.

“That’s possible,” Amaro said, asked of Brown’s chance to be a 2011 starter if there is an opening. “But I certainly won’t anoint him that guy.”

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Phillies Rivals React to Lee Trade

lee 03.jpgHere is some reaction from NL East rivals regarding the trade that brought Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phillies:

Braves right-hander Derek Lowe: “I think everybody knew they were going to get one of the two, either Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee. It definitely helped them. And they’ve got Pedro (Martinez) coming back soon. So it definitely made it harder on us.”

Braves catcher David Ross: “You hate to see the team that you’re chasing get better. But if you want to make the playoffs and reach the World Series, you’re going to have to beat the Roy Halladays, Cliff Lees and Josh Becketts. In one sense, I wish the Phillies hadn’t gotten better. But in another sense, I don’t think that he’s unbeatable.”

Marlins outfielder Jeremy Hermida: “They’ve got four lefties now. It looked like a good trade for them on paper.”

Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla: “It’s a good pickup for the Phillies. A Cy Young Award winner last year. … Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Happ, Moyer. They’ve got a good rotation.”

Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad: “Good for them, I guess. Obviously, you know what he did last year, so he can dominate. He dominated the American League, which is a good league, so it’s a bit tough for us. It adds a really good arm to their rotation. But, like I said, we’ll see what happens when you play them, I guess. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez: “I saw that. Good for them. That’s a good deal. I know that Francisco kid is pretty good, too. And I know that we liked, as an organization, we liked that Lou Marson guy – the catcher that Cleveland got. Good trade for both sides, I guess.”

Mets manager Jerry Manuel had little reaction because he said the Mets just need to focus on themselves.

That’s probably a good idea.

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Cardinals third baseman Mark DeRosa, who played with Lee this season in Cleveland, said he unexpectedly gave Lee the news he had been traded.

“I actually called him,” DeRosa said. “He hadn’t heard the news yet. I said, ‘It’s coming across the ticker that you got traded to the Phillies.’ And he was sitting in the clubhouse in Anaheim with Kerry Wood and said nothing had been told to him yet.

“Cliff’s a legitimate No. 1 starter. I hate the fact that he’s going to Philly, but at the same time I’m happy for him because he deserves to be pitching in some big games. He was a great teammate.”

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