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Phillies fans probably shouldn’t worry too much about Domonic Brown’s injury

Mar 6, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

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I know that (a) Domonic Brown‘s broken hand is troublesome; and (b) spring stats should be given almost zero weight, but it’s probably worth noting that the guy who will likely start in right field for the Phillies — Ben Franciscohit another home run yesterday and is now batting .421/.476/.947 in seven spring training games.

I mean, no, it wouldn’t make me happy if I was Charlie Manuel and I had to pencil Francisco in for 150+ games this year — and Brown certainly has the potential to be a fine ballplayer one day — but Brown didn’t do anything in his brief callup last season, didn’t do anything in winter ball and was atrocious this spring prior to his injury. It’s not crazy to say that he could still use some time in the minors or at least in a limited role for a contending team.

If you’re the Phillies, Brown’s injury could be a blessing in disguise. It could force them to make a move for a right fielder who deserves to play a big role on a contending team.  At the very least it could result in the Phillies using a guy in Francisco who — while he isn’t all that likely to slug .947 in the regular season — probably isn’t going to do any worse than Brown would have at his best in 2011.

And heck: since Ruben Amaro is a ninja, maybe he could play some crazy ninja mind trick on some other GM and convince them that Francisco is a .947 slugger and convince him to give up something valuable for him. He’s done more surprising things recently.

  1. wrg885 - Mar 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Another day at the office for RA: Houston Astro’s FO are on lines 1,2,3, and 5. JC Romero is on line 3 about his car.

    • wrg885 - Mar 6, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      ….my very 1st comment on HBT makes it seem as if I can’t count….brilliant.

  2. jetersusedjersey - Mar 6, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Cameron is prob avaible. A decent pitching prospect and Francisco would pry him fromt he BoSox, I bet.

    • JBerardi - Mar 6, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      I doubt think the Red Sox are going to be in the mood to make any move that doesn’t make them better this year. And Cameron is basically the perfect fourth outfielder for them at this point.

  3. Concretepiggy - Mar 6, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Maybe they should be worried. He needs more development time, but a broken Hamate bone can sap power for a year afterwards, as well as affect his swing even after it’s healed. This could really put Brown back for significant while, delaying the arrival of the probably much-needed RH bat Philly’s lineup craves.

    • fishmatt - Mar 6, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      Sorry to correct you but Brown bats lefty.

  4. schmedley69 - Mar 6, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Brown is small potatoes compared to the Utley injury. That is the issue that could be big, big trouble for the Phils.

  5. joetarring - Mar 6, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Craig, I have to disagree that the injury isn’t a cause to worry for the PhIllies.

    Admittedly it probably won’t impact them this year – I’m not convinced Brown is ready either – but it could have long term implications. Hammate bone breaks are notorious for causing long-term power outage in hitters which could have a big impact on his value and mid to long term prospects.

    • ptho16 - Mar 7, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      I’d rather see Gauntlett Eldemire in the line up than Francisco, he is and will always be a AAAA player.

  6. seeingwhatsticks - Mar 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Wasn’t the whole reason for not replacing Werth the fact that Brown WAS ready and shouldn’t be blocked?

    • paperlions - Mar 7, 2011 at 7:14 AM

      Who were they going to get to replace Werth that wasn’t going to cost them something they need this year? Berkman? Kearns? It isn’t like Amaro is known for his great trade crafting skills.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        Right…because those trades for Lee (from Cleveland) and Oswalt were terrible, godawful deals.

  7. Jonny 5 - Mar 7, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I don’t think Brown is ready anyway. I’m more worried about Utley.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      Brown has a lot of holes in his offense and defensive, but his special teams play is pretty good. What? They don’t have special teams in baseball? Oh…well then he needed to be shipped back up the Northeast Extension forthwith—after he gets that hambone in his hand fixed.

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