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.