. . .not that it should come as a surprise. Among the things we've learned about the Phillies prospect is that he has a pretty good feel for how to interact with the press. So when a handful of reporters caught up with him today at Coca-Cola Park, he insisted that he was at peace with his presence in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Brown was activated from the disabled list yesterday after a seven-week absence after surgery on a broken bone in his right hand.
He is batting third tonight in Allentown, and he is using the same set-up he had last season during his brilliant minor league season. He and the Phillies thought his hands crept too high late last season, which they tried to fix in spring training. But Brown struggled to find a comfort zone, and finally scrapped the alteration.
"My confidence is back high," he said. "My confidence was high then, but switching the hands and everything kind of got me down a little bit, took this time off, and everything happens for a reason. . .My hands just started getting higher and higher as I went up in the big leagues, and I wasn't playing every day, so they were just getting higher and higher. We were really just trying to get them back down the normal way, and they just kept dropping and dropping. Now I'm back where I need to be. I feel strong, confident."
Brown said he was following the Phillies closely.
"Of course I'm paying attention to what is going on up there," he said. "Hopefully I can contribute to the team whenever. . .Right now, I'm thinking about Lehigh. That's where my mind is right now.
" just want to take it one step at a time, and I wasn't doing that in spring training. I was trying to go for the home run every single at-bat, and that's not my game at all. I'm a patient hitter. Get my walks, a couple strikeouts, but I'm very patient at the plate. I wasn't doing that."
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