Phillies injury updates: Brown 'a week away'

Phillies injury updates: Brown 'a week away'

July 31, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Domonic Brown has been out since July 23 because of a concussion. (USA Today Images)

Reporters on Wednesday flocked to Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr. prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants. While most of the questions circulated around the Phillies' trade deadline moves (or lack thereof), there were also some injury updates:

Domonic Brown 
Brown, who has been sidelined by a concussion since July 23, was eligible to come off the seven-day disabled list on Wednesday, but Amaro said it would be “at least a week away” before he returns.

“He did pass a test today, an impact test, which is great,” Amaro said. “He’s going to pass another one tomorrow, a scat test.

"Depending on how long he’s going to be out, he’ll probably have to go through rehab, maybe a game or two. Once he’s healthy and ready to go, we’ll bring him back…I think he’ll be back maybe in a week or so.”

Before landing on the DL, Brown was hitting .271 with 24 home runs – ranking third in the NL.

Cliff Lee
Few players might have had a crazy week like Lee. With his name floating around in trade rumors, the left-hander had to scratch his last start with neck stiffness.

He remains in Phillies red and it appears he will remain off the DL.

“Cliff is actually doing much, much better today,” Amaro told “I talked to [pitching coach Rich Dubee], we’re trying to figure out how exactly we’re going to set up our rotation during the course of the weekend. We’re going to wait another day or so, see how he’s feeling and then we’re going to decide what they’re going to do about our rotation.”

Lee is 10-4 this season with a 3.05 ERA in 144.2 innings.

Roy Halladay
Despite Amaro saying that he hasn’t received an update on Halladay after his bullpen session on Wednesday that doesn’t daunt Manuel’s confidence in Halladay’s recovery.

“I think he’s going to pitch before the season is over,” Manuel told reporters.

This comes a few days after Halladay threw off the mound, in a 20-pitch bullpen session, since his shoulder surgery in May. Before the surgery, the 36-year-old struggled having a 2-4 record along with a 8.65 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched.