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Brown Sidelined with Hand Fracture

Reports out of Clearwater today have Domonic Brown headed back to Philadelphia to meet with team doctors after X-rays showed that he has a fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand.

Brown left Saturday's game against the Pirates shortly after he snapped an 0-for-15 slump with his first Grapefruit League hit, a single off Pittsburgh hurler Paul Maholm.

According to's Todd Zolecki, surgery is likely for Brown, who is the Phillies' top prospect, and he could return to baseball activities in up to six weeks.

These circumstances nearly lock Ben Francisco into the starting right field role for opening day. Francisco, who notched two hits in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Pirates, is batting .421 thus far in spring training action.

Update:'s Paul Boye' found this nugget in an chat (scroll down to 1:03), where baseball insider Keith Law states that the typical return to full power following a hamate injury is 12-18 months.

It could be 2012 before Phillies fans get to see the real Domonic Brown.

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