Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said he expects all-star outfielder Domonic Brown to return before the end of the season, but at this point, there is no timetable. Brown has been bothered by a sore right Achilles tendon and last appeared in a game Sept. 1 as a pinch hitter in a 7-1 loss to the host Chicago Cubs.
“He is not doing any baseball activities and is on complete shutdown for a number of days, no set amount,” Sandberg said before Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. “Just to get any swelling or soreness out of the Achilles area, just to get that all behind him.”
The Phillies season ends Sept. 29 at Atlanta.
Sandberg said initially the plan was to have Brown shut down for a week to 10 days.
“If it takes two weeks, whatever it is, if it takes 20 days, it is 20 days,” Sandberg said.
Ryan Howard tore his Achilles during the final playoff game in 2011 and hasn’t been the same since so the Phillies are going to be cautious.
Sandberg reiterated that Brown can’t return until he is no longer feeling pain.
“It’s not very smart (to have Brown play in pain) because it hasn’t worked,” Sandberg said. “He tried taking days off, said he was pain-free, played a couple of games and he came back so it’s more on the cautious side this time around.”
In a video interview on Friday with The Inquirer Brown said he expects to return before the end of the season, but like the Phillies, is being cautious.
“You definitely have to be smart with the Achilles tendon,” Brown said. “If it blows out you are out the whole year like Howard and I can’t let that happen. I want to play but want to be smart at the same time.”