Thursday, December 25, 2014

Phillies make plans for Brown

The Phillies intend to send Domonic Brown to instructional league upon the conclusion of the regular season, a team source said Monday.

Phillies make plans for Brown

(Ron Cortes/Staff File Photo)
(Ron Cortes/Staff File Photo)

The Phillies intend to send Domonic Brown to instructional league upon the conclusion of the regular season, a team source said Monday.

Brown was recalled Friday from triple-A Lehigh Valley, and could still qualify for the Phillies' postseason roster. But the team is more concerned with Brown learning left field and beginning 2012 with a clean slate. That will be his focus for two weeks at instructional league in Clearwater, Fla.

When that ends Oct. 15, Brown's season will be over. He will not play winter ball.

Brown spent extra time early Monday afternoon in left field with third-base coach and outfield instructor Juan Samuel. He then sat and spoke with Ruben Amaro Jr. in Section 114 as the rest of the team prepared to stretch.

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Amaro said he has talked to Brown numerous times this season.

"He understands how important he is to our organization," Amaro said.

Brown batted .246 with a .728 OPS in 209 major-league plate appearances. He hit just .227 with one home run at triple A after his July demotion. He did walk 21 times (with 22 hits).


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