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Domonic Brown had surgery on the fractured hook of the hamate bone in his right hand this morning.
Here is the latest from Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan:
- Hand specialist Randall Culp performend the surgery in Philadelphia.
- Culp removed the hamate.
- Stitches are removed in 10 days.
- Brown will be in a removable splint three to four weeks.
- Sheridan said, “Normal return on a hamate excision is about four to six weeks. That return means back to playing full out in four to six weeks. The biggest issue he’s facing is how sensitive is the scar and how does he tolerate those kinds of progressions.”
- Sheridan said when Brown returns to camp tomorrow he can return to cardio workouts immediately. After the stitches are removed, Brown can begin his progressions toward hitting. He said Brown will have to do “scar management” things to desensitize the area. “He really can’t begin hitting or anything towards that until probably about at least two weeks.”
A Phillies spokesman said Sheridan only would answer questions about Brown today, so he offered no update on Chase Utley. Utley is in camp today and took batting practice as normal.
Update: The Phillies scratched Ben Francisco from today’s lineup because of a sore neck. Francisco said it wasn’t serious.
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.
Jimmy Rollins had minor surgery Thursday on his left wrist, but he should be fine in plenty of time for Spring Training.
In fact, it probably won’t affect him cutting into his Christmas ham.
Rollins had a ganglion cyst removed. His stitches will be removed sometime in the next two weeks.
Hand specialist Randall Culp performed the surgery.
Carlos Ruiz said yesterday his sprained left wrist still felt sore, but that he could play.
He played in Game 2 of last night’s doubleheader against the Marlins.
But the wrist bothered him enough that he had a closed door meeting with Charlie Manuel after the game. The Phillies determined they would fly Ruiz back to Philadelphia to have team doctors Michael Ciccotti and Randall Culp examine him. Ruiz is expected to join the team in Milwaukee.
Obviously, losing Ruiz would be a blow. The Phillies have Paul Bako and Paul Hoover to catch while Ruiz is out, how ever long that is.
UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Ruben Amaro Jr. said Ruiz had a MRI in Philadelphia. There is no structural damage to the wrist. But there is inflammation and there is a good chance Ruiz will receive a cortisone injection tomorrow. If he gets the injection as expected, Ruiz would be out three to five days. But the expectation is that Ruiz should be OK after that.