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A permanent place in Philly??
The 22-year-old is batting .238 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 16 games since making his Major League debut on July 28, but was a candidate to be sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley upon Ryan Howard’s activation from the disabled list.
With Gload now out until early September at the earliest, Brown appears to have solidified a spot in the Majors until the end of the year. Manager Charlie Manuel said he will continue trying to find ways to work the left-handed-hitting outfielder into the lineup.
“He’s got to get some plate appearances,” Manuel said. “Pinch-hitting is new to him, and he’s real young. He’s a guy that takes kind of a long stride to the ball, so his timing is very important to him.”
Brown was in the starting lineup Saturday playing right field, his first start since Aug. 11. Manuel said one reason for that is he has faced Saturday’s starter for the Nationals, Stephen Strasburg, before, at Double-A Reading earlier this season.
Another is Manuel saw an opportunity to give starting right fielder Jayson Werth a rest. The Phillies do not have another off-day until Sept. 7, meaning there will be more chances for Brown to earn spot starts to spell.
“You’ve got to give [Werth] a blow now and then, too,” Manuel said. “I think tonight’s a good time to do that, because Dominic has seen [Strasburg], and he knows a little bit about him.”