WASHINGTON -- Domonic Brown was not in the Phillies’ starting lineup for the fourth straight game Saturday night and he won’t be in it again Sunday.
Brown was under the weather Friday. On Saturday, manager Ryne Sandberg said Brown had strep throat.
“He’s day to day,” Sandberg said. “Out through the weekend, I would imagine. It’s his second bout of it in three weeks.”
Brown’s being out means more looks for Grady Sizemore, who entered Saturday night hitting .344 (22 for 64) with 10 runs scored in 17 games with the Phils.
Brown is hitting .231 with seven homers and 50 RBIs in 103 games.
Sandberg on Nola
Right-hander Aaron Nola, the Phillies’ top pick in the June draft, was promoted to Double A Reading after just six starts in the Florida State League (see story). He will pitch Wednesday night in Reading.
Nola, 21, was the seventh overall pick in the draft. The former LSU ace was considered the most polished pitcher in the draft and many scouts believe he is equipped to make a quick rise to the majors.
As of this moment, the Phillies have one sure-thing in their rotation for next season: Cole Hamels.
If Nola continues to adapt well to pro ball, he could get a look in spring training for a spot in the 2015 rotation. At the very least, the Phillies have to discuss the possibility this offseason.
“From the reports that I’ve heard and the stuff that he has, that wouldn’t surprise me,” Sandberg said. “He was supposed to be a guy on a fast track right from when he signed, so depending on how he does in the next month — that wouldn’t shock me by any means.”
Nola had a 3.16 ERA in six starts at Clearwater. He struck out 30 and walked five in 31 1/3 innings.