Philadelphia Phillies: 4 Signs Domonic Brown May Never Be Fully Healthy
Domonic Brown has been bitten by the injury bug and has a full-on infection.
He seems to get injured in the most random ways possible.
He wasn't always this risky though. When he was drafted in the 20th round in 2006 by the Philadelphia Phillies, he chose to play baseball over football for the University of Miami.
He hit his way through the minor leagues and made the major league spring training roster for the Phillies in 2010. He was optioned down to the minor leagues, but was called up in July later that year.
Then, to make room for Hunter Pence, Brown was sent down to the minors a year later.
And this year, he was sent back down to the minor league camp due to his injury issues.
Now, it seems as if Domonic Brown will never be fully healthy, and here are some reasons why.
Neck Issues (2012)
Neck issues are very common, not only in baseball players ,but for normal people as well.
These injuries can come from holding your head in an awkward position, sleeping in a weird position, or an accident when working upper body and arm exercises.
Brown injured his neck on a bus ride to the stadium, and was pulled from the game because his pain was getting worse.
Because neck injuries are common, they have the potential to become a chronic issue for players. Brown will be cautious with his neck, whether it is sleeping or lifting weights, and that will, ultimately, prevent him from reaching his potential.
Thumb Injury (2012)
Before he injured his neck, Brown sprained his right thumb a few weeks ago.
Pain will be felt in the web of the thumb after a sprain, while swelling happens in the bottom of the thumb and the joint.
Typically, the recovery time is around four to six weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. It does not require surgery, just ice and rest.
Brown rejoined the Phillies lineup only about a week after the injury, as his MRI only show inflammation.
However, it was noted that there was only preexisting inflammation and scar tissue from a previous injury. This shows that he has persistent injuries in a key spot.
It goes without saying, rushing a player back too soon can have major ramifications down the line.
Thumb Injury (2011)
Back in 2011, Brown injured the same hand that he just recently sprained. As alluded to on the previous slide, the inflammation and scar tissue that his MRI showed was from a broken hand that required surgery.
If Brown is still experiencing problems from his first surgery, it is unlikely that he will be fully healthy again.
Surgery can change a player's on-field performance, and sometimes for the worse.
One of the biggest reasons that Brown unfortunately may never be health again is because of his style of play.
On defense, Brown flies around the outfield, trying to make plays. He regularly dives after the ball, which is one of the biggest ways to get hurt, or re-injure your body.
If Brown keeps up his defensive intensity, then it will only be a matter of time until he is injured again.