Phillies Notes: Brown to miss two games with concussion-like symptoms

Domonic Brown dives for a ball hit by the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran on Tuesday. He could not make the play and hit his head on the ground. JEFF ROBERSON / Associated Press
Domonic Brown dives for a ball hit by the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran on Tuesday. He could not make the play and hit his head on the ground. JEFF ROBERSON / Associated Press
Posted: July 26, 2013

ST. LOUIS - Had Domonic Brown known he would miss at least two games when informing a team athletic trainer of concussion-like symptoms, he may have hidden his dizziness Tuesday night. His head had slammed into the warning-track dirt in left field when he unsuccessfully dove for a fly ball.

"I feel good," Brown said a day later. "I feel like I'm back to normal, honestly."

But the Phillies outfielder cannot play until Friday at the earliest. Major League Baseball's protocol calls for extensive concussion testing before a player can be approved for action. The process was initiated Tuesday night, testing was conducted Wednesday, and more will be administered Thursday.

Even if Brown misses just two days, it is a huge blow at a critical time. Brown leads the team in home runs and runs scored. He assumed Ryan Howard's cleanup spot in the lineup when the slugger succumbed to knee surgery. Delmon Young ascended to that spot Wednesday.

Brown expressed optimism that a Friday return was reasonable. If his symptoms worsen or he does not pass those tests, he could be placed on the seven-day disabled list.

Brown's injury prompted the promotion of light-hitting utilityman Michael Martinez from triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies played the previous four games with three catchers and four outfielders. Catcher Humberto Quintero was designated for assignment to make room.

Martinez is a career .186 hitter. He has twice been outrighted off the 40-man roster in the last calendar year. His .506 on-base-plus-slugging percentage is the fifth-worst all-time for a Phillies position player with at least 350 plate appearances.

When asked if he was surprised Martinez was the best the Phillies' farm system had to offer, Manuel said that nothing short of an appearance by Ted Williams could shock him. That would be some minor-league recall, considering Williams has been dead for 11 years and his head is cryogenically frozen in an Arizona lab.

"That's about what we have," Manuel said of Martinez. "They said he was playing good, hitting .290-something. They said he was playing good and that's what they sent us."

Laynce Nix replaced Brown in left field for his second start since June 13.

Braun and Galvis

Detroit Tigers pitcher and union representative Max Scherzer was highly critical of the 65-game suspension for Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. He wants to see increased penalties for drug offenders, but referenced a Phillies player as an example of how complicated the process is.

"You've got to start cutting out contracts," Scherzer told reporters. "I'm for that. The only problem with that is the difference between Ryan Braun and Freddy Galvis."

Galvis, currently in the minors, was suspended for 50 games last season for using Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance. Scherzer explained that the positive test resulted when Galvis "unintentionally used a foot cream that had a trace amount of steroids in it. That's a situation we could all be in. I feel there's a big difference between the Freddy Galvis thing and what Ryan Braun has done."

Scherzer will pitch against the Phillies on Saturday at Comerica Park.

Extra bases

This is the second time in 2013 the Phillies have designated Quintero. If he clears waivers, he could return to triple A because the organization's catching depth is thin. . . . Phillies starting pitchers have thrown 62 quality starts in 100 games, which leads the National League. Only Detroit (64) has more.

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