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Returning Home Limping

A few thoughts before the Phillies open a nine-game homestand tonight against the Rockies:

  • The Phillies have a four-game losing streak, exactly the thing Charlie Manuel thought he wouldn’t have before the season started. But when the offense hits .142 (17-for-120) with a .224 on-base percentage and a .200 slugging percentage over four games you’re going to lose, no matter how good the pitching is.
  • The Phillies could use a jolt, but Chase Utley won’t provide it tonight. He’ll be in Clearwater getting at-bats for the Threshers. But this nine-game homestand runs through May 26. Utley has to be activated no later than May 30, if the Phillies think he is healthy, which means there is a good chance we see him before the Phillies hit the road again.
  • Shane Victorino thought his injured hamstring would be fine by tonight, but it sounds like it isn’t there yet if the Phillies are talking about a MRI.
  • Domonic Brown returned to the lineup last night with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks. Like I’ve said, if Brown keeps hitting the ball like he has and the Phillies’ corner outfielders continue to struggle, I think we’ll see Brown sooner rather than later.
  • Not that it will make you feel any better, but according to Elias Sports Bureau, Cardinals pitcher Jamie Garcia is the first pitcher to throw 30 or more innings and allow no more than one earned run in his first four home starts in a season since Roger Clemens in 1991. Clemens allowed just one earned run through his first 32 innings at Fenway Park.

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Updates on Contreras, Lidge, Utley and More

Chatted with Ruben Amaro Jr. for nearly 20 minutes this morning in the visitor’s dugout at Turner Field.

Here’s the latest on the Phillies’ injured.

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MLB.com’s Top 10 Phillies Prospects

I wanted to post this last weekend, but things are crazy the final few days of Spring Training. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo recently wrote about his top 10 Phillies prospects.

Here they are:

  1. Domonic Brown, OF
  2. Jonathan Singleton, 1B/OF
  3. Jarred Cosart, RHP
  4. Brody Colvin, RHP
  5. Sebastian Valle, C
  6. Jesse Biddle, LHP
  7. Trevor May, RHP
  8. Aaron Altherr, OF
  9. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
  10. Justin De Fratus, RHP

Click here for the full report.

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Brown Going Back to What Got Him Here

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Domonic Brown made a significant change before he broke his right hand fouling off a pitch Saturday.

He returned his hands to where they were when he crushed pitching in the Minor Leagues.

Brown had fiddled with the positioning of his hands in his stance since Spring Training started last month. He had held them high in the past, but lowered them this spring because the Phillies felt it would shorten his swing and allow him to better handle certain pitches. But Brown never felt comfortable and the positioning changed game to game, occasionally at-bat to at-bat. He went hitless with nine strikeouts in his first 15 Grapefruit League at-bats before singling up the middle Saturday.

“I just said, ‘Forget it. I’m going back to what got me here,'” Brown said this morning at Bright House Field. “That’s the key for me. The other thing did not work with the hands down. That’s going to take time, and I really don’t have time to spare like that, especially coming from Winter Ball. I didn’t have enough time to prepare myself with the lower hand angle.”

Brown had surgery on his hand Tuesday. He could be back in four to six weeks.

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No Word on Utley

The silence is deafening.

Chase Utley received a cortisone injection into his right knee Friday for his patellar tendinitis. So far the Phillies and Utley have said nothing about the shot’s effectiveness — still hoping for an update later today — although the Phillies initially said they should know something before the end of last weekend. They adjusted that timetable Sunday, when they said they should know something by Monday or Tuesday.

So how much has the shot helped?

“I’ve got nothing new for you guys,” Utley said as he walked off the field following batting practice this morning at Bright House Field. “When I do, I’ll let you know.”

Ruben Amaro Jr. was unavailable to comment in the morning. Head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan provided an update on Domonic Brown‘s hand surgery, but did not field questions on Utley’s knee.

Utley took batting practice as normal today, but remains unable to run or take fielding practice. He has missed the team’s first 12 Grapefruit League games, and there are no indications he is close to playing anytime soon.

As soon as I hear something on Utley’s condition I will let you know.

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Utley, Brown (Not Really) News

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Ruben Amaro Jr. had nothing to report today about Chase Utley‘s right knee.

Hopefully we’ll learn something tomorrow.

Utley had a cortisone shot Friday. The shot can take a few days to work. If the shot does not work, I’m not sure what happens next, but it certainly would not be good news. Talked to a few teammates today who expressed their concerns about Utley’s health.

“That’s what worries me,” Placido Polanco said. “I was talking to my wife the other day. I said, ‘Man, that guy is a gamer. He’s tough. He’s got to be really hurting to not be playing.’ That’s why I’m a little worried. But I’m not a doctor. I don’t know how bad it is. I just hope it’s nothing bad.”

“Chase is a guy who’s out there every day and wants to play,” Ryan Howard said. “You hope it’s not something that is overly serious. You hope it’s something that goes away, so he come in here and get some work to get ready for the season.”

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Domonic Brown will have surgery tomorrow to repair his broken right hand. Recovery is expected to be four to six weeks.

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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.”

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Brown Fractures Right Hand, Surgery Likely

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Domonic Brown‘s chances to win the everyday job in right field evaporated today when he fractured his right hand.

Surgery is likely, which would sideline him three to six weeks.

Brown fractured the hook of the hamate bone swinging at the first pitch in his first at-bat in the second inning against the Pirates at Bright House Field. He finished the at-bat, singling up the middle to end a 0-for-15 start to his Grapefruit League season. Brown left the game before the top of the third, returning to the clubhouse and leaving the ballpark quickly for an x-ray.

Brown will fly early next week to Philadelphia, where hand specialist Randall Culp will evaluate him. If the initial x-ray is accurate, surgery seems inevitable.

“Probably,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We won’t know until it’s definitive. What the x-ray reveals right now is what is believed to be a fracture.”

Brown’s loss practically guarantees Ben Francisco will be the Opening Day rightfielder, although Amaro declared nobody a winner in those sweepstakes. Francisco, Brown and John Mayberry Jr. opened the spring as the top contenders to replace Jayson Werth. Brown struggled early as he tried to get comfortable with a new stance at the plate.

“Nobody has won our right field job, but Ben has done very, very well for us,” Amaro said.

Francisco went 2 for 3 with one double, one home run and one RBI against the Pirates. He is hitting .421 (8 for 19) with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and six RBIs in seven games this spring.

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Brown Is Struggling Early

The numbers are not pretty, but it’s early and Domonic Brown said he feels fine.

Well, he feels mostly fine.

“I’m just trying to feel comfortable,” he said today at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. “I’m just trying to stay with the same approach. I’ve been working all winter with it. It’s the first couple days I’m seeing pitches. I know it’s going to happen. I’m not stressing about anything.”

Brown is 0 for 9 with two walks and six strikeouts in three Grapefruit League games. He went 0 for 4 with one walk and two strikeouts today against the Blue Jays.

Brown has been working with his stance since the end of last season. He has tried to lower his hands, and he has not found the perfect spot yet. His held his hands much lower in the batter’s box Sunday against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field, where he went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. He held his hands noticeably higher today, but still lower than they were last season when he played with the Phillies.

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Contract Odds and Ends

The Phillies have reached agreement with almost everybody in camp. Here is a look at some of their recent agreements:

  • Domonic Brown: $89,180 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors. Award bonus: $25,000 for Rookie of the Year.
  • Andrew Carpenter: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Freddy Galvis: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Harold Garcia: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Cesar Hernandez: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • John Mayberry Jr.: $103,969 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Carlos Rivero: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Vance Worley: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.

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