Let’s just say these past two weeks won’t be the “Best of times” section in Domonic Brown‘s autobiography.
On Friday, I wrote about Brown’s recent struggles at the plate. At the time he was 0-for-15 with 9 whiffs. Now in a span of 24 hours, it’s gone from bad to worse for the Philadelphia Phillies’ OF.
Brown fractured the hamate bone in his right hand on Saturday while taking a swing. This sounds very familiar to what happened to David Ortiz a couple of years ago. Brown will most likely need surgery and will be out a minimum of three to six weeks.
To be honest, this might not be the worst thing in the world for Brown. The Phillies had him so messed up with his stance and swing, this might give him some time to clear his head.
Brown will still be a big part of what the Phillies do in 2011, but it might not be until May or even June now that he makes an impact.
Ben Francisco is the biggest beneficiary of Brown’s injury. He should see the majority of the playing time in right for the Phillies. John Mayberry Jr. and Ross Gload could also see some playing time as well.
Francisco hit .268/.327/.441 with with six HRs in 197 plate appearances for the Phillies in 2010.
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