The Philadelphia Phillies have finally reached the breaking point. The Phillies of the present will no longer be able to try to make the playoffs without a little help from the Phillies of the future.
Domonic Brown is being called up.
According to CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury, Shane Victorino is being placed on the disabled list after suffering an injury to his left oblique on Tuesday night, and the Phillies' most heralded and anticipated prospect of 2010 will be join the big club.
The 22-year-old Brown has most recently been pummeling Triple-A pitching to the tune of .346/.390/.561/.951 with five homers, 21 RBI, and five stolen bases in just 107 at-bats since having been promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley this summer.
So, the Fightin's were able to play through Jimmy Rollins' injuries in the first half of the season as well as Placido Polanco's trip to the disabled list, and have been making due with Chase Utley out for all of the second half so far. The Phillies have stomached the poor play of Raul Ibanez, and the massive slump of Jayson Werth.
But now, with Victorino taking his turn on the DL, the Phils have no other choice. No amount of Greg Dobbs and Ross Gload and Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez is going to help the team get by without their Gold Glove center fielder and de facto leadoff man.
And so the future is now.
Domonic Brown is now a major league ballplayer.
(And you can probably forget about a Jayson Werth trade.)