Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown has a fractured hook of the hamate bone in his right hand and may need surgery after he had to leave today's ballgame against the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Jim Salisbury.
Salisbury tweeted that Brown had to exit after his first at-bat. Brown fouled off a pitch and then looked down at his hand, apparently in pain. He finished the at-bat with a hit, but then departed for X-rays.
Brown, the Phillies' top prospect, was battling Ben Francisco for the starting RF spot this spring and had been held hitless in his first 15 at-bats.
Interestingly enough, he got his first hit with a broken hand.
Domonic Brown is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and the injury is very unfortunate for him. He's a young kid who was expected to fill in for the departed Jayson Werth this season.
With Brown out, it looks like Francisco will win the RF spot. In fact, he was probably going to win the job anyway; he's having a great spring, batting .421 with 2 HR and 6 RBI.
Francisco also is a right-handed hitter who will help balance a very lefty-heavy Philadelphia lineup.
Todd Zolecki is reporting that if surgery is needed it will sideline Brown for three to six weeks.
Expect Brown to be in AAA to start the regular season. Hopefully, he'll work his way back up to the Major Leagues by the All-Star break.