Phillies Notes: Brown expects to return to Phillies on Wednesday

Darren "Dutch" Daulton got a standing ovation from the crowd. RON CORTES / Staff
Darren "Dutch" Daulton got a standing ovation from the crowd. RON CORTES / Staff
Posted: August 06, 2013

All-star outfielder Domonic Brown, who has been on the disabled list with a concussion since July 25, said he hopes to return to the Phillies on Wednesday after a two-game rehabilitation stint.

Brown said he would play for single-A Lakewood on Monday in Hagerstown, Md., and for double-A Reading on Tuesday in Harrisburg.

"I think I will be back here on Wednesday," Brown said. The Phillies open a three-game home series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

Brown said he has been free of concussion symptoms for about a week. He was hurt July 23 when he slammed his head on the warning-track dirt as he dived unsuccessfully for a fly ball during a 4-1 loss in St. Louis.

"It feels like I have been out a long time," Brown said before Sunday night's game against Atlanta. "I am not going to lie to you."

Brown said he had not been told whether he would play in the field or be a designated hitter during his rehab.

During his recovery from the concussion, Brown said he has been told to stay away from his cellphone and to avoid texting.

"That triggers a lot," he said. "When I get home I try to turn the phone off after I talk to the family, not be on the computer, that kind of stuff."

Brown in right?

Before the game, manager Charlie Manuel was asked whether he would consider playing Brown in right field, especially with Darin Ruf getting time in left, where he started Sunday night.

"I would consider anything," Manuel said.

Brown said at this point, nothing has been mentioned to him about playing in right.

Cheers for Dutch

At the conclusion of alumni weekend, the Phillies' 1993 National League championship team was introduced before the game.

Catcher Darren Daulton, who is battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, received the most impassioned response.

The crowd at Citizens Bank Park gave Daulton a standing ovation, and he raised his arms before blowing kisses to the fans.

Asche gets a breather

Third baseman Cody Asche, who bats lefthanded, was not in the starting lineup against Braves lefthander Alex Wood, but Manuel said it had nothing to do with his 1-for-17 start.

"Asche is going to play, and I need to get him out there and let him play," Manuel said before the game. "I gave him the day off today, not because he can't hit lefthanders, but I want to slowly work him in."

Asche said he isn't about to press because of his slow start.

"No, it's baseball," Asche said. "I am probably not the first guy to struggle out of the gate and won't be the last."

Asche said he is tough on himself.

"I don't think there are really any more excuses that can be made - [people saying] he's young, he's learning," Asche said. "I expect a lot of myself and expect myself to play and be a contributing part of the lineup when I am in there."


 

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