Despite recent surge, Brown to stay in Minors

Despite recent surge, Brown to stay in Minors

Despite recent surge, Brown to stay in Minors
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Phillies are falling fast in the National League East standings.

Maybe a fresh face would help.

Fans have been clamoring for Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Domonic Brown to make another appearance in a Phillies uniform, but don't bet on that happening anytime soon. Sure, Brown is hitting .316 with two doubles, three home runs, five RBIs and a .986 OPS this month, but he is hitting .269 with 10 doubles, two triples, four homers, 22 RBIs and a .738 OPS overall this season.

"The plan from the start was getting him to play and play regularly," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said before Wednesday's game against the Twins at Target Field.

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"Quite frankly, he wasn't healthy, basically the first two months of the season. He had a bruised knee and a hamstring injury. The last couple of weeks it seems like he's started to play regularly and be healthy. Playing over a two-week period doesn't exactly establish ... it's not the amount of time we want him to play. He still needs to play.

"He still needs to work on his defense. He went two months without hitting a home run. Now he's hit four. His whole game just needs a chance. He needs to play and continue to progress. Just because he's had a good two weeks ... we want him to have some sustained success, and that hasn't been achieved yet."

Brown batted .245 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 56 games with the Phillies in 2011.