Whenever Domonic Brown gets back into the batters box -- and right now, the prognosis is three-to-six weeks -- he will look a lot more like the hitter who tore up the minor leagues last season.
Brown said today that he is abandoning the stance he had been using since the start of spring training, one that featured a lower position for his hands.
Brown actually made the change on Saturday, raising his hands back above his helmet during his first at-bat. He fouled a pitch off, then singled up the middle.
Unfortunately for him, he broke the hamate bone on his right hand on the foul ball. He left the game, and on Tuesday underwent surgery to repair the fracture.
"I just said forget it," Brown said. "I'm going to go back to what got me here. I got my hands back up, was feeling comfortable, got the hit, but obviously I was in a lot of pain. Things happen. That's part of the game."
The Phillies thought that a lower hand position for Brown would help with his balance at the plate. But he started the spring 0-for-15 with nine strikeouts and quickly realized now was not the time for change.
"That's the key for me," he said. "We see the other thing did not work. The hands down, that's going to take time. And I don't really have time to spare, especially coming from winter ball and not having time to prepare myself with the lower hands."
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