It’s about as honest as a press conference gets for a manager these days.
Domonic Brown misplays a fly ball and turns what probably would have been a 2-0 win for the Philadelphia Phillies into a 5-3 loss on Wednesday and, after the game, manager Ryne Sandberg tells the media that Brown is his left fielder “for now.”
Emphasis on the “for now” can only mean something is in the works. The Phillies are playing Brown because they have no one else to play left field “for now”, but now could mean one, two or maybe three games after the team signed Grady Sizemore to a minor-league contract. If Sizemore can show anything for Triple A Lehigh Valley (Pa.), Brown and Sizemore could be changing places soon. If so, good for Sandberg and the Phillies because, if now is not the time to make an example out of an under-performing veteran, when is?
Because “for now” Brown is giving the Phillies .217 hitting and to call him a butcher in the outfield is an insult to butchers everywhere. That said, Brown did butcher a ball that cost the Phillies a pair of runs with two outs, because as Sandberg said, he should have stood right where he was instead of running in three steps and seeing the ball sail over his head. Had Brown held his position, it would have been an easy fly ball out.
The bottom line for Brown is that he does not deserve to be playing and does not deserve to be sitting on the bench. He does deserve a chance to revitalize his career in Triple A, but the Phillies cannot continue to send him out there like they have been day after day.
For now means Grady Sizemore before long.