The Philadelphia Phillies were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs today. Their season will be ending at the end of September. Domonic Brown has been struggling with an Achilles tendon injury and has not been playing. The Phillies are thinking about starting him tomorrow. Is that the best decision?
The Phillies should take more time on their decision. Brown has been one of their best offensive players this season. Why take a risk putting in an injured player in games that don’t mean anything except improving a record? Let the rookies continue to try and earn a spot on the roster for next season.
Brown is hitting .273. In 124 games, Brown has 49 extra base hits, and 27 of them are home runs. He also has 81 RBIs. Brown has certainly helped out the team offensively. Why would you risk his injury becoming worse and him being out for next season?
No one knew who the starting outfield was going to be for the Phillies this season. Brown had to prove why he deserved the everyday left field position. He earned his spot 100 percent not just offensively, but also because he has defensive skills as well.
Brown has been pinch-hitting. This does not lead to much running, but one wrong turn can further damage his Achilles. Starting him in left field is an even bigger risk. He will have to run after fly balls, maybe even dive. Brown will have more at-bats and chances at running the bases. He will have more chances to get injured. It doesn’t seem safe with so few games left in the season.
Brown is going to be a valuable player for a long time. He should just take it easy the rest of the season and come back in 2014 ready to go.