Domonic Brown has had as many stops and starts in his brief career as a SEPTA train does during a Philadelphia rush hour. That's troubling, even though he's only in his mid-20's.
The latest health issue this Philadelphia Phillies' outfielder is dealing with is a sore right Achilles tendon that he injured during Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. During spring training in 2011 he fractured the hamate bone in his right hand, which knocked him out of contention to start that major league season in right field. After working through some other issues since then, the Phillies current left fielder suffered a concussion this summer that put him on the disabled list.
Clearly a talented and likeable player, it's seems as though Brown's style of play might be putting him in the path of injury. While he's shown resiliency to-date, it's much easier for a young athlete to recover from almost any physical setback when he hasn't even crossed the 25-line. Philadelphia's 2006 twentieth round draft choice is set to turn 25-years-old on September 3.
Since Cal Ripken's 'Iron Man' streak is unlikely to ever be broken by this fourth-year Phillie, his employer is likely to incorporate a reliable fourth outfielder who could take over for him in case any extended absences occur next season.
Brown's offensive emergence, during what is his eighth professional season, and relatively inexpensive price tag for the next few seasons, necessitates that he remain in red pinstripes for the foreseeable future. The Phillies' charge is to find a way to maximize his effectiveness over a full-season.