Brown sidelined with neck injury
In the lineup posted in the Phillies clubhouse this morning, the name "Lou Montanez" was written over some white-out. The name under the white-out was Domonic Brown.
Brown was scratched from the lineup for the second time in as many days with a neck injury, an injury he said he first felt after sleeping on the bus ride Tuesday to Kissimmee.
Ironically, Brown had what was probably his most eventful day of the spring in Kissimmee Tuesday: he made two defensive gaffes before hitting a 10th-inning, game-tying home run.
"I really don't know... I slept during the bus rise to Kissimmee, and then in (Wednesday's) home game, in the third at-bat, it kind of got worse," Brown said. "I don't feel it until I really start swinging. I feel it right in here [points almost to throat] and in the back of my head. They don't think it's a nerve thing, so that's good. I'm just taking it day by day."
Brown said he felt better when he woke up Friday morning and tried to hit in the cage. "But as soon as I started to make contact, I felt it (again)," he said.
Brown was originally in Thursday's split squad lineup in Port Charlotte. He made the trip with the team, but was scratched before the game.
Brown has missed seven games with injuries this spring. He sprained his right thumb earlier in camp
"It's frustrating, it really is," Brown said. "But stuff like this happens. Hopefully I can be on the field soon."
Here is the lineup for today's game in Bradenton (needless to say, most of the regulars are not making the trip):
1. Juan Pierre, RF
2. Scott Podsednik, CF
3. Hunter Pence, DH
4. John Mayberry Jr., 1B
5. Lou Montanez, LF
6. Pete Orr, 3B
7. Brian Schneider, C
8. Kevin Frandsen, 2B
9. Freddy Galvis, SS
Cliff Lee will start, with Kyle Kendrick following out of the pen.