Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown left Thursday night’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Yankees due to a sore left Achilles. He underwent an MRI, which showed tendinitis but no tear, per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. He could miss a week of spring training before returning.
Brown, 27, is looking to rebound from a terrible 2014 season in which he hit .235/.285/.349 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 512 plate appearances. Following the departure of Marlon Byrd, Brown is moving from left field to right field.
Brown and the Phillies avoided an arbitration hearing in the outfielder’s first year of eligibility, agreeing on a $2.6 million salary for the 2015 season. He’ll have two more years of arbitration eligibility in which his salary will almost certainly escalate. The rebuilding Phillies, though, may attempt to trade or simply non-tender Brown after the season if he doesn’t rebound this season.