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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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First Full Squad Workout Today

As as I write this, Charlie Manuel is giving his speech to the 2011 Phillies.

He usually wings it, but players always seem to enjoy it.

Today is first full squad workout.

One thing from yesterday, which I neglected:

Asked how the pieces will fit in right field, Manuel said, “We’ve got some young guys that have a chance to make an impact. … Domonic Brown, definitely, he’s kind of the first choice there, but (Ben) Francisco and (John) Mayberry, I definitely want to play them a lot and see them and see where they fit on the team.”

Manuel later tried to clairfy.

“That job is up for grabs,” he said.

He said he simply plans on giving Brown plenty of at-bats this spring, but clearly the Phillies need another right-handed bat in the lineup. That’s why Francisco and Mayberry are in the mix.

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More 2011 Projections

Recently, I wrote about the pitching projections in The Bill James Handbook 2011.

Let’s look today at the hitters:

  1. Jimmy Rollins: .266 with 33 doubles, 5 triples, 15 home runs, 61 RBIs, 87 runs scored and 25 stolen bases (.329 OBP/.424 SLG/.753 OPS). They project Rollins to play in just 136 games. Rollins certainly is hoping to play in much more than that.
  2. Placido Polanco: .295 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 62 RBIs and 83 runs scored. (.342/.391/.733).
  3. Chase Utley: .288 with 34 doubles, 2 triples, 26 home runs, 94 RBIs, 99 runs scored and 13 stolen bases (.387/.497/.884). They project Utley to play in just 146 games. If he is healthy, we know Charlie Manuel will have him on the field nearly every game.
  4. Ryan Howard: .276 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, 43 home runs, 133 RBIs and 98 runs scored (.368/.547/.915). James’ crew expects Howard to bounce back from a relatively disappointing 2010.
  5. Shane Victorino: .279 with 31 doubles, 7 triples, 16 home runs, 66 RBIs and 97 runs scored (.343/.431/.774). I know Manuel has said he would consider hitting Rollins fifth, but I’m not believing it until I see it. So for the moment, I’ve got Victorino hitting fifth because it breaks up the lefties and gives Francisco some time to develop into an everyday player without the pressure of hitting behind Howard.
  6. Raul Ibanez: .270 with 31 doubles, 2 triples, 20 home runs, 83 RBIs and 75 runs scored (.343/.446/.789).
  7. Ben Francisco: .271 with 21 doubles, 1 triple, 10 home runs, 38 RBIs, 42 runs scored and 10 stolen bases (.336/.446/.782). James projected these numbers with Francisco playing in 107 games and getting 303 at-bats.
  8. Carlos Ruiz: .270 with 26 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs, 51 RBIs and 46 runs scored (.360/.413/.773).

I should have had Domonic Brown in the lineup based on their projections, but I wanted to keep him separate because, well, just look at these numbers. They project he will hit .288 with 33 doubles, 4 triples, 26 home runs, 94 RBIs, 84 runs scored and 28 stolen bases in 548 at-bats(.346/.505/.851). Those are some seriously huge numbers for a rookie. If that happens nobody will be worried about right field and Jayson Werth‘s departure anymore, but I’ve got to think those numbers are high. But if they end up accurate, I think everybody is going to be buying a copy of the handbook for their 2012 fantasy baseball leagues.

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Francisco Is Ready to Go

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I spoke with Ben Francisco the other day, and I think the first question I asked is how aware he is that Phillies fans are intensely focused on how the Phillies are replacing Jayson Werth in right field? If you could total every Phillies blog, message board, Internet story, newspaper story and time on sports talk radio devoted to the Phillies’ offseason, Cliff Lee would be the No. 1 topic and Werth and right field would be No. 2.

Nothing else would come close.

Check out the story here to see what Francisco and Ruben Amaro Jr. had to say.

I’ve said many times I’m not overly concerned about right field. I know Amaro has downplayed Werth’s production, but despite a one-year blip with runners in scoring position (it was a very big blip) Werth has been one of the most productive hitters on the team the past few seasons. But I think some combination of Francisco, Domonic Brown, Ross Gload and John Mayberry Jr. could work.

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