The Phillies want Brown to stay in games as long as possible so he can gain experience in the field. In the first inning, Brown misjudged a fly ball to short right and charged in to make up for a bad first step, but the ball still popped out of his glove.
Manuel said Brown simply needs more time to improve his routes.
"That's kind of been one of my concerns, and Ruben's," Manuel said, referring to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "We've talked a few times about that, but at the same time, if we throw them out there, we'll get a good read on them. . . . We want a guy that can catch the ball, but we also want a guy that can hit."
Manuel said he did not know whether Chase Utley would play in any games this weekend because the second baseman was sore from his initial workouts.
The manager downplayed the situation, saying it was his decision to sit Utley. Manuel said players usually go through periods of soreness twice in the spring.
"He's definitely not injured," Manuel said. "He's fine. He'll be out there next week."
Chad Durbin may have found his major-league deal. The former Phillie is in negotiations with Cleveland, according to an SI.com report. Durbin has left the door open to a return with the Phillies on a minor-league deal, but that's only if he cannot find a guaranteed deal elsewhere.
Florida State had just four hits against seven Phillies pitchers. . . . Non-roster invitee Jeff Larish struggled at third base in the exhibition opener. He made one error and misplayed another ball. . . . Michael Stutes struck out the side while allowing a hit in the sixth inning. . . . The Phillies' minor-leaguers will play an exhibition game against the Netherlands national team at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg on March 13. . . . Friday is the annual Bill Giles golf tournament, which will be played after a shortened morning workout.