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Phillies Spring Training: Domonic Brown Breaks Hand After First Hit

Phillies rookie Domonic finally broke his hitless streak, but appears to have broken his hand as well and will likely need surgery. Matt Gelb reports that X-rays showed Brown fractured the “hook of the hamate bone” in his right hand. The injury typically requires surgery and will likely sideline Brown for 3-6 weeks.

This means that Ben Francisco is all but guaranteed to start the season in right field. Francisco has been having a huge spring so far hitting .476 with 2 HRs in 7 games so far. Even if Brown had not been injured, it would have been hard for Charlie Manuel to say that anyone but Francisco had earned the job.

Still, it’s a tough time for Brown and pretty cruel irony that his hand broken on the same swing that finally got him his first hit of the spring. It’s a long season though and from the early reports it doesn’t seem like Domonic Brown will miss too much of it. He should still certainly have a major part to play on this team as the season wears on.