Neck injuries on the bus while sleeping didn't help Domonic Brown's case this spring to make the big league club.
According to Matt Gelb, Brown has been optioned to minor league camp, and will be the starter in left field for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
"I'm going to go down there, play hard, and that's it," Brown said. "I really don't have anything else to say. I was not expecting it, but keeping it in the back of my mind."
"I've been through a lot these last couple of years," Brown said. "A lot more than some veteran guys. I think I can deal with it. I think I can handle it. Play hard, that's all I can do."
Brown will get the reps on a daily basis, hopefully improving his game, and adding to his value. A mid-season trade for some offensive firepower seems to be the hot topic among the fans right now, so let's not put it past Rube to do everything he can to make Brown look good in Triple-A, then ship him out of town a day after saying he's the future of the organization.