Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown suffered a concussion on July 23 when he dove for a Carlos Beltran line drive at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and landed hard on his head. Brown hasn’t played in a live game since, but that should change this week.
Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the 25-year-old slugger “thinks he will be ready for a rehab assignment beginning Monday.” The tentative plan calls for Brown to start out in Low-A ball and then work his way up through the Phillies’ many minor league affiliates. He will be monitored closely throughout the rehab assignment for any new or lingering concussion-related symptoms.
Brown was batting .271/.316/.531 with 24 home runs and 69 RBI in 99 games before the injury. Philadelphia is currently 15 1/2 games back of Atlanta in the National League East standings with a 50-60 record.
The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.