"Let's just get through this in one piece," people have probably said while watching the Phillies this preseason.
They've also said things like "What?!" and "How..." It has been a very exclamatory spring! But when news that Domonic Brown's tendinitis has not gone away, to the point that he could miss opening day, people will more than likely elicit a quiet, subdued grunt. Not because they don't want to see Brown out there, but because the Phillies' early onset injury epidemic has left them numb.
It seems more and more likely that Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown will open the season on the disabled list. He has been sidelined since March 19 because of tendinitis in his left Achilles, and his recovery has been slow.
"It could be unlikely," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said when asked if Brown could catch up in time and be ready by Opening Day on April 6. "A little bit of work in the cage and just a little bit of light shagging in the outfield -- he's coming slowly. There's a lot of work to be done in a short period of time."
Yes, the right amount of "light shagging" will cure what ails the best of us, certainly.
Brown initially left a game on March 19 following some intensified soreness that he had been feeling for weeks, though the picture attached to this post indicates that he was actually caught quite off guard.
Fortunately, the Phillies have a deep bench of outfielders with whom they can replace him - Grady Sizemore, Jordan Danks, Brian Bogusevic, I think Darin Ruf is still being called an outfielder, but Cody Asche isn't, and could this finally be Jeff Francoeur's year? With six bench players to start the season, the options are limitless! Well, there is a limit, and it's six, but the limit is one higher than five. Or it will be. Later.
Such drama! Such wonder! Be sure to stick around to see how this plays ou where are you going.