Twenty-four hours before Domonic Brown was promoted to the majors in late May, Ruben Amaro Jr. said his top prospect wasn't ready. The next day, after a meeting with Charlie Manuel, Amaro had called Brown to the Phillies and he has been here ever since.
Manuel was a supporter of Brown because he believed then that the 23-year-old was his best option in right field with The Great Ben Francisco Experiment a bust.
"I think he does make us a better team," Manuel said May 20. "We'll see if he can hold his own and handle it. We'll give him every opportunity, and we'll monitor it, so we can try to stir him for a while, and hopefully he'll do good enough to let him go."
Two months later, that tone has changed. Manuel obviously wants an upgrade in right field over Brown. The rookie is hitting .303 with a .789 OPS in 19 July games. But his defensive miscues and hesitancy is concerning to the manager.