Brown injury puts Werth in lineup

 Posted by at 3:05 pm
Sep 082010
domonic brown

Phillies rookie OF Domonic Brown

September 8 Camden Courier-Post:

Jayson Werth was supposed to sit out the Phillies‘ game Tuesday because manager Charlie Manuel wanted Werth to get a full day off after not starting the second game of the day-night doubleheader Monday.

But a few hours before the game, Domonic Brown, who was scheduled to start in Werth’s place, was scratched with tightness in his right quad.

So Werth took Brown’s spot.

Brown said the injury isn’t serious. He started feeling it last week, but seemed to aggravate it sliding into home plate Monday night.

“I iced it down and went out there for early hitting and it wasn’t feeling too good,” Brown said. “We didn’t want to make it any worse, so we decided to take me out of the lineup.”

Those chances have been few and far between lately for Brown, who has started just two games since Aug. 11. In all, Brown is hitting .214 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 56 at-bats.

Lineup maneuverings

Even before Brown left with an injury, Manuel had shifted around the lineup, batting Shane Victorino leadoff and Jimmy Rollins fifth.

Rollins hasn’t hit well since coming off the DL on June 22. He was hitting .225 since then in 280 at-bats and .236 for the season.

Manuel said he hopes moving Rollins to fifth will get him going.

“When I look at Jimmy, he’s good with men in scoring position,” Manuel said. “I think anytime you can rev Jimmy’s engine and do something to jump him, I think that’s who he is.”

Manuel bristled when asked if Rollins will stay down in the lineup or if he’ll move back to leadoff.

Jimmy Rollins basically is our leadoff hitter,” Manuel said. “I know you hear me say that and you’re say, “Well, he’s hitting fifth.’ You say whatever you want to say, and I’ll do whatever I want to do.”

Dubee mum

The Phillies were also staying tight-lipped about the pitching rotation. With a day off Thursday, the Phillies could skip Kyle Kendrick’s turn Saturday and have Roy Oswalt take his spot and pitch on his normal rest.

If the Phillies do that, they can line up the rotation so that Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Oswalt pitch in the six games left against the Braves.”

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