Phillies Notebook: Brown listed as day-to-day with Achilles' soreness

DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Roger Bernadina robs Arizona's Matt Davidson of a home run in third inning.
DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Roger Bernadina robs Arizona's Matt Davidson of a home run in third inning.
Posted: August 27, 2013

ONCE AGAIN, the Phillies could do nothing but watch as another key member of the starting lineup left with an injury. In the third inning of Saturday's 12-7, 18-inning loss to the Diamondbacks, Domonic Brown left the game with soreness in his right Achilles' tendon.

"I feel pretty good. My Achilles' has been pretty sore the last couple of days, but I am available to pinch-hit so we will see what happens," Brown said before yesterday's game.

The Phillies' leader in homers and RBI was replaced by John Mayberry Jr., who then took over for Brown batting in the cleanup position. Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said after the extra-inning loss that he did not believe the injury was serious.

"I felt some discomfort for sure," Brown said of leaving the game early. "I took some anti-inflammatories just to get the swelling down and I feel pretty good. I think I'll be fine."

This season has been a breakout year for the 25-year-old outfielder who is batting .275/.322/.521 with 27 homers and 80 RBI in 117 games. Hoping to avoid his second stint on the disabled list this season, Brown is considered to be day-to-day. When asked if he would be able to avoid what would be his second stint on the disabled list, Brown replied, "For sure."

Brown said he first felt discomfort in his right Achilles' 2 or 3 nights ago after stepping on a base incorrectly. But with rest and anti-inflammatory medicine, Brown hopes to be in the lineup for tonight's opener of a three-game series in New York.

"It doesn't feel too bad really, just trying to put weight onto it is really the big thing going into it. I haven't taken swings yet so we will see," Brown said. "X-rays and everything were good and it's just inflamed."

As a pinch-hitter yesterday, Brown drew a walk in the bottom of the eighth of the 9-5 win over Arizona.

Wells on the mound

Arguably one of the most unlikely candidates to pitch entering Saturday's contest with Arizona was rightfielder Casper Wells, who took the mound in the top of the 18th inning.

"I just came in the dugout and [Sandberg] came up to me and asked if I had ever pitched before. I said, 'Yeah, whatever would help the team out,' " Wells said. "I didn't find it funny at the time. I think competitive-wise because I am have some pitching experience I wanted to come out there and be successful right away."

Wells was just one strike away from a scoreless inning pitched with the Citizens Bank Park crowd on his side and the game tied 7-7.

"I was just focused on making the next pitch really," Wells said. "I didn't get the chance to feel any emotion until after it was done, and I wasn't real happy with the results."

The rightfielder who was flashing 91 mph on the radar gun ended up allowing five runs on three hits in 2/3 inning. He was replaced by John McDonald, another position player who had never pitched in his 15-year career.

"I wanted to throw the ball right down the middle and have somebody hit it right at somebody so we could go in and try to score a couple of runs," McDonald said, who ended the 18th inning with a strikeout. "Obviously after 18 innings we already so many positive things earlier in the ballgame to climb back, but at that point it didn't look good."

Regardless of the situation, McDonald was impressed with what he saw from Wells, who pitched in his second game of the season after tossing a scoreless ninth inning as a member of the White Sox on June 28.

"He made some good pitches, but sometimes the game of baseball is unforgiving," McDonald said.

Martin's short outing

After allowing three earned runs on three hits while adding three walks and a strikeout on Saturday, starting pitcher Ethan Martin was removed from his fifth start of the season after pitching 2/3 innings. Martin was replaced by reliever Luis Garcia, who pitched 3 1/3 innings while allowing two earned runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Martin entered Saturday coming off his longest outing of the season in which he allowed two earned runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 5-4 victory over Colorado, en route to his second victory.

On Saturday, Martin threw just 44 pitches, which led to his early exit after he gave up a two-run homer to Arizona third baseman Martin Prado with two outs. Martin, 24, was credited with three of the four runs allowed in the first inning, raising his ERA to 6.33.

"I'm pretty sure he will pitch on his day when that is," Sandberg said yesterday. "I took him out because he had totally lost it. He lost the feel of the ball and I thought that was totally obvious, and that was it."

Phillers

Following Saturday's 12-7 loss, the Phillies selected the contract of righthander J.C. Ramirez from Lehigh Valley. To make room for Halladay and Ramirez on the 25-man and 40-man roster, Tyler Cloyd and Luis Garcia were optioned to Lehigh Valley . . . Jonathan Pettibone (right shoulder strain) and Michael Stutes were transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

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