As if the right field controversy hadn’t already seemed to be over, well it is officially over now. During Saturday’s Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field, vs. the Pirates, Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown fractured his right hand while fouling off a the first pitch he saw in the game. The irony of the whole at bat is that Brown managed to get his first hit of the spring.
Although Brown’s struggles were very evident thus far this spring the hopes were still high that he could land a spot on the Opening Day roster regardless of whether or not he was going to start. I think it has more to do with the level of excitement over Domonic Brown at right field compared to Ben Francisco. Regardless those wishes have fallen to the waste side with the latest bump in the road for the frustrated 23-year old. A sense of sorrow has to come over the Philly faithful as Brown has hit a rough patch since his struggles at the end of last season trying to fit in with the big league club. It seems as if the cards are just not falling into place for the power hitter.
According to sources Domonic Brown broke a bone in his right hand and is going to require surgery that could sideline him for a timetable of 3-6 weeks. Brown will head to Philadelphia at the beginning of next week for further evaluation.
“We won’t know until it’s definitive. What the X-ray shows right now is what is believed to be a fracture,” Amaro said. “I would think that if he has to have some type of surgery on it, it would be anywhere from three to six weeks of recovery time. We’ll find out more when we do more studies and what exactly we’re going to do.”
Although the right field job had not been giving to Francisco his play has been speaking volumes so far this spring. In yesterday’s game vs. the Bucs Francisco hit a solo home run to left field to give the Phightins a 1-0 lead in the second, also doubling in the 4th to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. Prior to Saturday's contest, Francisco had hit .375 (6-for-16) with one double, one triple, one home run and five RBIs in six games.
The truth is that most phans see Domonic Brown as the “sexy” pick , the popular choice. There should be a realistic vote of confidence in the already proven Ben Francisco. He was basically thought of as a throw in when Cleveland traded us Cliff Lee in 2009 and now he is our starting right fielder. But he is fully capable of being our everyday right fielder and will prove it come April 1st. Lets not forget he was an everyday player in Cleveland.
So here’s to you Ben……High Hopes! It’s official now, and to Domonic Brown keep your head up young fella because we haven’t seen the last of you. Like I said earlier in the week, the fat lady hasn’t sung on your career just yet! Hopefully this will only fuel the fire under our top prospects butt and we will see Dom again come September call-ups.
All this commotion aside the Phillies fell to the Pirates today 4-3 despite Roy Halladay making his second Grapefruit League start. Halladay found little trouble working through the Pirates order allowing only 1 hit, walking 2, and striking out 4 in 3 innings of work.
Up next for the Phillies is some split squad action on Sunday. Cliff Lee will face the Rays at Bright House Field for a 1:05 start and Kyle Kendrick will face the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, also at 1:05