Domonic Brown out until at least Friday

Domonic Brown out until at least Friday

July 24, 2013, 7:15 pm
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ST. LOUIS – Domonic Brown is out of the Phillies’ lineup until at least Friday as he undergoes tests to determine whether he sustained a concussion diving for a fly ball in Tuesday night’s game.

Brown hit the ground hard when he dove for Carlos Beltran’s drive down the left-field line in the seventh inning of that game. Later in the game he reported feeling dizzy to Scott Sheridan, the team’s head athletic trainer. Once a player complains of dizziness after sustaining any type of impact, the athletic training staff is required by Major League Baseball to begin two days of tests and observation to determine if the player needs to go on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Brown believes he’ll be ready to play Friday, when the two-day evaluation period ends.

“I actually feel good,” he said late Wednesday afternoon. “I feel back to normal, honestly. I was a little dizzy after it happened, but I did not have a headache. When I got back to the clubhouse I was still a little shaken up, but once I had something to eat I felt better.

“You automatically miss two days once they fill out the concussion form. I didn’t know that. Hopefully I’ll be back Friday after Major League Baseball goes over the tests.”

Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said, "This is a protocol we have to do. It's a well-defined and organized system. It's for the protection of the player."

Already down an outfielder, the Phils brought up Michael Martinez from Triple A to serve as a backup. Catcher Humberto Quintero was designated for assignment (see story).

With his top home run (24) and RBI man (69) out of the lineup, manager Charlie Manuel used Delmon Young in the cleanup hole Wednesday night. The Phillies’ offense had generated just one run in the previous two games.

Laynce Nix got the start in left field. It was just his second start since June 13.

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