One bright spot as the season winds down to its final week is how Domonic Brown has returned from his Achilles injury.
Brown showed on the base paths in Saturday’s rain-shortened 5-4 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park that he isn’t holding back when it comes to running.
In the second inning, he manufactured a run with his legs. Brown hit a one-out single and on a hit-and-run went to third on Darin Ruf’s infield single.
Then Brown scored on Cody Asche’s sacrifice fly, just beating an off-line throw from centerfielder Juan Lagares.
“I have been telling your guys if I feel I am able to go then I will give it everything I got each night and not worry about anything else,” Brown said. “I am not worrying about getting hurt or anything like that. I am just really going on will.”
He barely eluded the tag to score on Asche’s sacrifice fly.
“I knew he (Lagares) had a pretty good arm and knew I had to run pretty good to beat the throw and was lucky it was off-line,” Brown said.
Interim manager Ryne Sandberg has been encouraged by Brown since his return to the starting lineup on Sept. 15 in an 11-2 loss at Washington.
“He is running very well, is 100 percent and feels good,” Sandberg said.
Brown, who has not hit a home run since Aug. 14 during a 6-3 loss at Atlanta, is batting .273 with 27 home runs, 81 RBIs and an .829 OPS.
Despite making the all-star team for the first time, Brown says he hasn’t been satisfied with his season.
“No, not at all,” he said. “There is definitely a lot of work to be done and I am up to the task come spring training.”