With the addition of Hunter Pence, someone in the Phillies outfield had to go down.
And in a move that will benefit a certain young outfielder, Domonic Brown was sent back down to Lehigh Valley. He is in tonight’s line up and batting fourth.
More interesting, Brown will be playing left field as well.
Left field is the position Brown will likely be playing 2012 as well, seeing as Pence will be under contract through 2013 and play his usual stomping grounds in right field. Is this an insult to Brown? Absolutely not and the kid knows it isn’t either.
“(I’m) not really concerned, but I would like to be here. That’s the goal,” Brown said after the Phils 10-3 win over Pittsburgh Friday night.
Brown, who has been seeing more pitches in his at-bats and has been getting on base at a great pace through July, is still not hitting for power and is struggling greatly in the outfield. With Brown being sent back down to AAA, the coaches there can work on his fielding and work on his swing a little more to find the pop that this team expects out of the young left-handed hitter in the waking years.
Obviously if Brown was made an untouchable piece in trades the past three years, the Phils know there is something special about him. Let’s just hope that once again, Ruben Amaro Jr and Charlie Manuel were right.
“We believe Domonic Brown is going to be an outstanding Major League Baseball player. He’s kind of learning on the job as we’ve talked about before. He’s done a nice job for us here. It’s not a knock on Domonic Brown by any stretch of the imagination. We believe and hope he’s going to be a Phillie for a long time. I think for us, again, it’s one of those moves we made for the present, but for the future. Certainly, Dom is part of that.”
Read Todd Zolecki’s post on his blog “Zo Zone,” for more quotes on Pence and Brown.
POLANCO RETURNS TO LINE UP — Placido Polanco was activated today and will bat seventh in tonight’s line up against the Pirates. Right-handed reliever Andrew Carpenter was optioned to Lehigh.