Brown Takes Backseat in Pennant Race

 Posted by at 2:41 pm
Sep 192010
Phillies RF Domonic Brown

Phillies RF Domonic Brown

September 19 Camden Courier-Post:

“It has been 13 days since Domonic Brown last played in a game, and that might not change any time soon, manager Charlie Manuel said.

It’s not that Manuel has written off any plans to use Brown in the season’s final weeks, but the odds of the rookie outfielder seeing any significant action look thin – even in a pinch-hitting role.

“I have guys who have taken on that role and mentally they know how to handle it,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “So more than likely, if I had a full bench, I would use one of those guys at the end.”

Brown missed several games with a sore quad but pronounced himself fit for action last Monday. On Friday, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock reiterated that injuries aren’t keeping Brown on the bench.

“He’s able to play, but I think it’s just a matter of finding the right spot,” Proefrock said.

There might not be many of those spots according to Manuel.

Brown’s inexperience and complex swing and extended time off all combine to make him a risky proposition at the plate, and his numbers since losing his starting job when Shane Victorino returned from the disabled list – a .167 average with nine stikeouts in 18 at-bats – help underscore Manuel’s dilemma.

“He needs to play more, he needs more experience,” Manuel said. “He needs to break in in the major leagues.”

That won’t happen this year, Manuel said, estimating that Brown would need a full season of big-league at-bats before he was fully comfortable. But that doesn’t mean there’s no chance of Brown getting a few more swings before the season draws to a close.”

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