Phillies considering moving Domonic Brown back to right field

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Following Wednesday’s trade that sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Reds, the Phillies are considering moving Domonic Brown from left to right field. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the team has spoken to Brown about making the move and Brown has been preparing for the possibility during the off-season.

Brown, 27, made his way through the Phillies’ minor league system primarily as a right fielder. He took over in left field while the Phillies had Hunter Pence (and later, Byrd) in right. Defensively, the former top prospect has always looked more comfortable in right than in left.

Brown will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season in which he failed to live up to expectations, batting .235/.285/.349 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 512 plate appearances.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.