Phillies Notes: Frandsen happy about increased playing time

Phillies kevin Frandsen is high five after scoring in the third off a Carlos Ruiz single. Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( RON CORTES / Staff Photographer ).
Phillies kevin Frandsen is high five after scoring in the third off a Carlos Ruiz single. Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( RON CORTES / Staff Photographer ).
Posted: September 14, 2013

Kevin Frandsen is playing more for the Phillies and enjoying it. Frandsen, who has had uneven playing time all season, made his fifth straight start in Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park.

Frandsen appreciates the late-season opportunity.

"Any time you can get out there and make adjustments and play every day is a huge deal," Frandsen said before the game, which was delayed by rain.

He was in the lineup at first base on Thursday, the 27th time he has started at that position this season. Frandsen has also started 13 times at second base and four at third. He entered the game batting .235 with five home runs and 22 RBIs in 213 at-bats. As a pinch-hitter he is 13 for 52 (.250) with a home run and 10 RBIs.

"I was hitting some rockets early in the year as a pinch-hitter but had little to show for it," Frandsen said.

Frandsen avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $850,000 contract this season. "I have never been to the playoffs and it's one thing I want to do and do it with the Phillies," he said. "And it's a reason I don't want to leave."

Brown update

Domonic Brown took another potential step toward returning from his sore right Achilles tendon by taking a few rounds of batting practice on Thursday.

Brown has not played since appearing as a pinch-hitter in a 7-1 loss to the host Chicago Cubs on Sept. 1.

"I'm just trying to finish the season playing and being healthy," he said. "It is bothering me [sitting out], but I feel good right now."

Interim manger Ryne Sandberg was asked if Brown could play in this weekend's series against the Nationals in Washington. "That would be premature," he said.

Brown is batting .274 with 27 home runs and 81 RBIs. He said it would be nice to get 30 homers, but his No. 1 goal is to return healthy.

Scout honored

Eddie Bockman, a longtime Phillies scout, has been selected posthumously as the 2013 recipient of the Dallas Green Award for scouting.

Bockman, who died in 2011, was a Phillies scout from 1960 to 1991. He signed 28 players who made it to the big leagues, including Larry Bowa, Bob Boone and Dick Ruthven.


 

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