CLEARWATER, Fla. — Domonic Brown expects to return to action sometime next week after an MRI showed only inflammation in his sprained right thumb.
Brown said he could take some swings in the cage Friday. Much of the inflammation and scar tissue is actually remnants of a similar injury he suffered last May at triple-A Lehigh Valley while diving for a ball.
The 24-year-old outfielder injured his thumb Monday while making an unnecessary dive prompted by a bad route he took to a fly ball. It's the fourth injury since 2009 to his right hand.
"I do everything with it," Brown said. "Hitting, it's my bottom hand. It's tough, especially with the swelling. If it was the top hand, I probably would have been able to play."
Brown is 2 for 8 in Grapefruit League play and has yet to make a sterling impression. The injury only shortened his chance to make his mark.
"I don't think it's bothering it too much," Brown said. "If there wasn't stuff from last year, I probably would have been playing already. That's the setback right now. There's still some inflammation and scar tissue in there. I'll be fine. I'll probably be playing next week."
It's finally time for a road trip longer than 20 minutes. And the Phillies will bring a light travel squad to Lakeland for a 1 p.m. game against Detroit. But Roy Halladay will pitch and he could face that vaunted Tigers lineup (if they play their regulars).
1. Tyson Gillies 8
2. Scott Podsednik 7
3. Ty Wigginton 3
4. Hunter Pence 9
5. Laynce Nix 0
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Hector Luna 5
8. Pete Orr 4
9. Freddy Galvis 6
In relief: Joel Pineiro, David Herndon, Brian Sanches, Jeremy Horst, Raul Valdes
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