Jul 182010

July 18 Camden Courier-Post

“We have seen the same thing all too often from the Phillies: inconsistent starting pitching and inconsistent hitting.

That’s why it’s time to do something drastic.

It’s time to bring up Domonic Brown and let him play every day. If that means trading Jayson Werth for some pitching help, then do it. If that means benching Raul Ibanez and his .246 average (through Friday), then do it.

And if it means watching Brown struggle as he gets used to major league pitching, then so be it.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., will ultimately decide what, if anything, will be done.

Every indication is he would like to trade Werth, who is eligible for free agency after the season, and who can possibly bring a starting pitcher in a trade. It beats letting Werth leave as a free agent for nothing besides supplemental draft picks.

That would enable Brown to play every day in the big leagues.

When asked if Brown could be an everyday replacement for one of the corner outfielders, Amaro responded: “I’m not going to answer that question.”

But Amaro did say he’s impressed by what Brown has done since he was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on June 25.”

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