Brown Homers in Rehab Game with BlueClaws – Phillies Nation

Brown Homers in Rehab Game with BlueClaws

Dom Brown, Image- Joe Wombough

Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown laced three hits including a home run while driving in two runs in a rehab outing for Class A Lakewood on Monday night in Hagerstown.

Brown, who has been sidelined since July 23rd with a concussion, joined the BlueClaws and played all nine innings as the club’s left fielder, getting five at bats.

Following his first action in nearly two weeks, Brown told BlueClaws media relations director Greg Giombarrese that he felt no lasting effects from his concussion.

“I felt pretty good, no symptoms.  Felt pretty good in the box.  Just, really, trying to see some good pitches up and, you know, I had some pretty good swings,” Brown said.

The comfort level seemed to be up for the Phils All-Star as he got off to a great start in the contest, recording all three of his hits in his first three turns at the dish.

Batting in the three hole, Brown stroked an RBI single in the first inning.  He then led off the third inning with a home run.  Two frames later, the Phils’ 20th round draft choice from 2006 singled once more.  Brown grounded out to second base to end the 7th.  In the 9th, with the ‘Claws trailing 8-4, Brown stepped to the plate with the bases loaded with a chance to keep the team alive, but he grounded out to shortstop for the final out of the game.

The 25-year-old is expected to play one more rehab game on Tuesday with Double-A Reading as they visit Harrisburg.  He’ll play all nine innings again there, then rejoin the big league Phillies at home on Wednesday, provided plans don’t change.

“If everything works well (on Tuesday), then I should be in the (Phillies’) lineup on Wednesday,” Brown stated.

Brown expressed excitement being able to rejoin Lakewood hitting coach Greg Legg, who managed the lefty batting slugger with short-season Williamsport in 2007 and coached him with Lakewood in 2008.  Brown credits Legg, who has been in the Phillies’ organization for 32 years, with helping him learn the approach to the game that he maintains to this day.

“(He taught me) ‘one speed’, man.  Play hard!” Brown asserted.  “That’s really the philosophy that a lot of the Phillies guys preach.  You know, because when you get to the big leagues, you gotta play hard and if you don’t, then pretty much they’re gonna run you out.”

Brown was injured on a diving play in the outfield in St. Louis, trying to make a catch, he hit his head on the ground.



  1. hk

    August 6, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I’m a little surprised Dom played LF and not RF. When Dom returns to Philly on Wednesday, if he’s still the LF, does that mean they are planning on keeping Delmon in RF and taking playing time from Ruf, Asche and/or Michael Young (3 guys for two positions)?

  2. Pamikedc

    August 6, 2013 at 7:16 am

    @Hk, I was thinking the exact same.

    If they don’t plan on resigning Delmon or MY, then there is 0000000 point in playing them everyday. Especiallyyyy over Ruf. He’s nearly a prom promise to get on base.

  3. Manny

    August 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Our offense badly needs him…

  4. Ryne Duren

    August 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Would it really surprise anyone if they tried to resign the Youngs? I think they’re delusional enough to do it! We know the youth movement should start right now. That means starting tonight Brown in rt and Ruf in left. Asche on third and Hernandez in ctr. He’s got a two month tryout for ctr. The Youngs should be dealt somehow along with Chooch and Utley sad to say but they have to start the rebuild now. If that formula seems to work and they see they could compete with those guys next year you keep Lee. If not you trade him for something you need.

    • hk

      August 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm


      I doubt that there’s a team in baseball that would want Delmon Young. The bigger question is, since he “earns” more money as he reaches different time on the roster, plate appearance and weight milestones, why haven’t they released him yet? I agree with everything else you wrote.

      • George

        August 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        I’d guess the thought process is that D. Young is a righthanded power option, even though he doesn’t seem to have any this year. That’s still a poor excuse. Now that Brown is back and Ruf is hitting I can’t see any reason for keeping him. Maybe he’ll be gone when Revere comes off the DL. Someone will have to go.

        Nix was probably even worse than Young, (I say probably because at least Nix could run all the way to the foul line and catch the ball, whereas Young can’t) so it’s logical that he’d be the first one axed.

  5. Lefty

    August 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Laynce Nix DFA’d !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ruf in right, Brown in Left, Mayberry in Center tonight.
    So Delmon and Mini on the bench

    Unless there are any late scratches it looks like this,

  6. Pamikedc

    August 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks @Lefty

  7. Chuck A.

    August 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Ok. Great. Nix is gone. So can we PLEASE not sign another bench player to a 2 year contract?? Seems to be a recent and bad trend. Gload. Nix. Schneider.

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