Weird Spring Training Injuries: Domonic Brown

Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown hits a single against the Minnesota Twins at Bright House Networks Field. Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Phillies' outfielder has a neck problem.

It wouldn't be spring training if we didn't hear about baseball injuries that were a little bit out of the norm. The Yankees' David Robertson hurt himself falling down stairs while moving boxes. The Rays' David Price hurt his neck while toweling himself off between innings. Now, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown has a neck injury suffered... while doing absolutely nothing at all:

Brown was scratched from the lineup for the second time in as many days with a neck injury, an injury he said he first felt after sleeping on the bus ride Tuesday to Kissimmee.

"I really don't know... I slept during the bus rise to Kissimmee, and then in (Wednesday's) home game, in the third at-bat, it kind of got worse," Brown said. "I don't feel it until I really start swinging. I feel it right in here [points almost to throat] and in the back of my head. They don't think it's a nerve thing, so that's good. I'm just taking it day by day."

Earlier this spring, Brown missed a few games with a thumb injury and now it's not known when he can get back on the field. The Phillies have been hoping that Brown, who turned 24 last September, would become a solid regular if not a star for the last couple of years, but his career has been slowed by a number of factors. With this injury, he might have to start the year in Triple-A.

Advice to Brown: buy yourself a PSP and play video games on the bus, and leave sleeping for your bed.

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