Even though he hasn't started a game since Aug. 30, Domonic Brown is just five home runs behind National League leader Pedro Alvarez of Pittsburgh. Brown has 27 home runs, Alvarez has 32.
"Why are you looking at me like that?" Brown joked with a reporter on Thursday afternoon. "Do you think I’m crazy? I mean I know I’m crazy but you never know. ... I've done it before."
Brown, of course, went to the All-Star game this year in part because of the tear he went on in late May and early June, when he hit 11 home runs in a 15-game stretch. So, sure, he could do that again.
But Brown has to get back on the field first. Brown, who has been suffering from right Achilles' soreness, resumed baseball activities in Tuesday and hit with his teammates in pregame batting practice for the first time in over a week on Thursday.
His return is still unknown; manager Ryne Sandberg said it would be "premature" to expect Brown back this weekend in Washington.
But he'd like to get back as soon as possible to at least make a run at 30 home runs.
"That was definitely a goal of mine coming into the season," Brown said. "I’m just trying to finish the season playing, and being healthy. If I’m feeling it and it’s bothering me (then I won’t play), but I feel good right now."
Brown said running on the foot has been fine. He spoke to reporters on Thursday before the next important test, taking full swings in regular pregame BP.
"That’s a goal of mine to get out there if I’m feeling 100 percent," Brown said. "If I’m feeling it, then I’d chill out and relax some more. It happened to Ryan, and I’m not trying to miss a full year. I’m definitely gonna be smart about it, but I definitely want to get back out there. ...
"I don’t want to look like I gave up on anybody. I know guys don’t look at me that way, but that’s how I look at it. If I’m able to play, then I’m gonna play. If I’m hurting, then I’m hurting. But if I feel like I can play, I want to play."