Brown Progressing Well, Readjusts Batting Stance – Phillies Nation

Brown Progressing Well, Readjusts Batting Stance

Outfielder Domonic Brown has been playing with the Phillies’ extended spring training team in Clearwater, FL since Monday. In his debut there, Brown posted 2 hits in 3 at bats. In the games that followed, Brown merely reached base via a free pass, but he has steadily been hitting the ball hard and appears to be making progress.

Brown was sidelined in early March with a fractured hook of the hamate bone in his right hand that required surgery and kept him out of action for six weeks.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 200-pound Brown struggled in spring training, starting out on a 0-for-15 skid before recording his first hit in the same game that he suffered the injury to his hand.

Brown reported to spring training more than a month early and had adjusted his batting stance, lowering his hands. However, as can be seen in the above image, taken earlier this week, Brown is back to his old ways, with his hands positioned at cranium level.

Asked how his heeling hand feels, Brown stated, “Great, better than I thought it would. My first at bat (Monday) I hit an inside pitch up near the handle and I felt a little twinge but it was nothing more than the normal feeling of taking one off the handle. It feels really good.”

Word from within the organization seems to imply that Brown could be assigned to a full season minor league club, on a rehab assignment, sometime next week.  Brown himself indicated  on Friday that he expects to initially be activated for the High A level Clearwater Threshers.

**Update- Brown batted second or third in each inning of Friday’s extended spring training game for the Phillies.  In the contest, Brown reached base on an infield single, a high chopper to the pitcher that Brown beat out.  Brown also walked and reached base three more times on base hits.  In separate innings, he stole 2nd base and third base.

__________________________________________________ correspondent Joe Wombough contributed to this post.

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  1. TheDipsy

    April 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Well, at the risk of sounding like a batting coach wanna be, everybody knows that tall guys with long arms are vulnerable to the ball up and in. Can’t get unwound fast enough. Thats why they lowered his hands in the first place. Please lower the hands. Thanks.

    The Dipsy

  2. betasigmadeltashag

    April 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I personally do not like the fact that he is not listening to his coaches, maybe he asked and they let him. But coaches are there to make you a better Major League ball player, maybe you should listen to them. The idea was to adjust his swing and get the reps in the minors this year so he is ready to step up maybe at some point this year, but by next year when Raul is done. Again just outside looking in this seems like it may be an attitude problem the he thinks he knows what is best. Something to me just isn’t right when a 23 year old is willing to adjust to become a better player

  3. Bart Shart

    April 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Let’s see what he can do with his own style before we make judgements. A lot of excellent tall left-hand hitters hold their hands high…..Jim Thome, for example. I hope he gets better soon. We will need this kid.

  4. Thedipsy

    April 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Bart, Jim Thome is not tall. He’s big. Dom Brown is like 6’5.

    The Dipsy

  5. Jay Floyd

    April 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    For the record, Brown made the adjustment well ahead of the advice of Greg Gross or Charlie Manuel. I spoke with Gross in early February, before Gross had gone to Clearwater, and weeks after Dom was experimenting with the alterations. Gross had some thoughts about Brown’s “fixes” but was really just sharing opinions and had not worked with him in person at that point.

    Brown going back to keeping his hands high is likely his own doing once again.

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