Eligible to return from a Triple-A minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Dominic Brown will be staying at Lehigh Valley a little longer than he had hoped. The Phillies officially optioned the former All-Star to their Triple-A roster on Tuesday, extending his stay which has already lasted nearly three weeks.
The move comes right after Brown told reporters he thought he would be sent back to Philly on Wednesday. According to CSN Philly, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg didn't appreciate the comments from Brown.
Here is what CSN's Jim Salisbury wrote:
Brown spoke to reporters in Lehigh Valley on Sunday and told them he had two more games left in the minors before joining the Phillies. Sandberg made it fairly clear that he did not appreciate Brown's speaking prematurely.
“Unless he’s player-slash-GM,” Sandberg said wryly.
Brown, 27, is one of the Phillies' best players, but he's struggled so far this year in the minors. Through nine games with Lehigh Valley he has five hits in 36 at-bats (.139) with six strikeouts and a .405 OPS. If he's hitting like that, he won't be any help to the Phillies, who are currently 8-12 on the year.
Brown is recovering from tendinitis in his Achilles and says he's healthy. How he has played, however, is the reason why he's staying down. One has to wonder what he thinks about all of this.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.