Brown gets three hits in first rehab game

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Brown gets three hits in first rehab game

In his first rehab game with Single A Lakewood, Domonic Brown made it look as if he's ready to return to the major leagues.

The Phillies' All-Star leftfielder, out since July 23 with concussion symptoms, went 3 for 5 with a homer in the Blueclaws' 8-4 loss to the Hagerstown Suns on Monday in Hagerstown, Md.

"Felt pretty good, no symptoms," Brown said after the game, via the Lakewood Blueclaws' podcast. "Felt pretty good in the box, really just trying to see some good pitches up. I had some pretty good swings."

Batting third in the order, Brown singled to left field on a 2-2 pitch, knocking in a run as part of a three-run Lakewood first inning.

In his next at-bat, Brown homered to right field on a 2-0 pitch.

"I was just looking for something to drive in the hitter's count," he said. "Got a good pitch to hit and dropped the head on it."

He picked up an infield single his third time up before grounding out to second in his fourth at-bat. He also made the final out of the game -- another ground out -- with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth.

Brown is scheduled to play with Double A Reading on Tuesday, when they play the Senators in Harrisburg, Pa.

"They're telling me to play tomorrow's game, play nine and then back to Philly the next day," he said. "If everything works tomorrow, I should be in the lineup on Wednesday."

Despite his absence, Brown still leads the Phillies in homers (24), RBIs (69), runs (51) and slugging percentage (.531). The Phillies have gone 1-10 since he last played.

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
 
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
 
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
 
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
 
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
 
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.

The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.

Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.

Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers. 

Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.