The Phillies announced Tuesday that Domonic Brown has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after he was rehabbing down there to start the year. He is making $2.6 million this year in his first year of arbitration.
He struggled in Lehigh Valley, but told reporters that he would be called up back up from his rehab assignment to Philadelphia on Wednesday, but manager Ryne Sandberg denied it.
“We haven’t had official conversations about him, but from what I’ve seen I don’t know if he’s ready for major-league pitching or to come up and give us a punch, the way things have gone for him there,” Sandberg said to Jim Salisbury of CSN late Monday afternoon.
Brown, 27, played horrifically last year slashing .235/.285/.349 with 10 home runs, 75 wRC+, and -1.7 fWAR in 512 plate appearances. That was coming off his career year hitting 27 home runs and posting a 123 wRC+ in 540 plate appearances. We’ll see if he find his swing in Lehigh Valley, but for now he’s just another player with over 1,500 plate appearances under his belt.
The Phillies are 8-12 and are 7 games back in the National League East. They take on the Cardinals tonight with Severino Gonzalez and Michael Wacha starting. Gonzalez, 22, is making his major league debut.