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Achilles injury continues to bother Brown
Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013, 3:01 AM
CHICAGO - Domonic Browns breakout big-league season appears to be in danger of coming to a painful and premature end.
At the very least, it has become extremely painful.
After returning to the lineup Thursday in New York, Brown had to be removed from Fridays 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field because of a nagging injury to his right Achilles tendon. The injury initially forced him to leave last Saturdays game against Arizona and he did not return to the starting lineup until Thursday against the Mets in New York.
Brown popped out in the first inning Friday and was in obvious pain as he limped toward first base. He struck out in the fourth and after he struggled to run to first on an RBI groundout in the sixth, Ryne Sandberg removed his leftfielder from the game. More coveragePoll: Which new coach will have the most success?Follow the Phillies: Download our FREE Pro Baseball app!Forum: What record will the Phillies finish with?Latest Phillies videos Special section: Top 25 Phillies prospects
Im going to check him out, Sandberg said. Right from the get-go he was feeling something and it wasnt allowing him to run properly to first base.
Brown acknowledged that the problem could linger.
This is my first time dealing with an Achilles injury and Im probably going to feel it the rest of the year, he said. Im going to take my time with it and see how I feel tomorrow when I come in. Im on anti-inflammatory [drugs] as well. Hopefully it can go away for a little bit.
Ryan Howard dealt with a severe Achilles injury that required surgery to repair a torn tendon following the 2011 season, so Brown is obviously hoping to avoid something similar.
Hopefully it doesnt get worse, Brown said. But its not something Im afraid of. When Im out there, Im going to continue to play 100 percent. But its an Achilles. Its a tough injury.
Another deadline
Saturday is the last day players can be traded and still be a part of their new teams postseason roster. One Phillies player who could be dealt is Michael Young, a longtime veteran who doesnt appear to fit into the teams plans beyond this year.
I havent really thought about it, Young said after a four-hit game that included a game-winning single in the ninth. Over the last week or so, Ive just taken it upon myself to focus on the game I have in front of me.
Extra bases
Third baseman Cody Asche sat out his second straight game with a mild right hamstring strain, but he may return to the lineup Saturday. . . . Gorman Heimueller has been fired as the Phillies roving minor-league pitching coordinator, according to several reports.
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