PHILADELPHIA -- Domonic Brown said he is ready to play.
He left Wednesday's game in Cincinnati because of soreness in his lower back. But Brown said he felt better after taking medication Wednesday and felt fine taking swings in the batting cage before Thursday's game against the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.
"I feel a lot better," Brown said.
But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had Freddy Galvis playing left field Thursday. It was the first time Galvis had played outfield in his big league career, although he played there occasionally during Spring Training.
Brown had an X-ray, which came back negative. The Phillies determined Brown did not need an MRI after his discomfort cleared up overnight.
Asked if Brown was available to pinch-hit Thursday, Manuel said, "Trainer said he's kind of OK, but at the same time, I don't want to put him out there and then have to take him out again. It's too early. Last night he came to me and told me that he couldn't go. [I thought] maybe I should be a little bit cautious on him."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.