The Domonic Brown era beginsby Eric Schwartz
For fans looking to take a glass-half-full approach there is a bit off good news that should result from the latest injury to a member of the Phillies, Shane Victorino. The Phillies’ center fielder strained his oblique Tuesday night and was placed on the 15-day DL. That has paved the way for two things:
1. Jayson Werth likely isn’t going anywhere now since they will need him to man center field for at least the next 15 days.
2. Domonic Brown is now on the big league roster and will start tonight for the Phillies.
Starting with Werth, I don’t see any way the team can trade away Werth for pitching now that Victorino is joining Utley on the DL. Even if it brought back a pitcher as mighty as Oswalt, it would be hard to imagine the Phillies trading away one of the healthiest bodies on the roster. Plus Werth has finally started hitting, highlighted by his first home run in 21 games last night.
As for Brown, this is a moment Phillies fans have been waiting to see for a year and a half. Brown has been tearing up the minor leagues, posting a .327 batting average with 20 homers, and 68 RBIs in 98 games for Double A Reading and Leihigh Valley. He is listed on the lineup card as batting sixth today — after Werth and before Ruiz.
In other Phillies news, Valdez will once again get the start at short as Jimmy Rollins is still not ready to return to action. That leaves Placido Polanco as the leadoff hitter and Greg Dobbs will hit second — not exactly the way the team drew it up in April.
Let the Brown era begin — even if it is just for a couple of weeks.