PHILADELPHIA -- This is why MLB.com's Paul Hagen is one of the best baseball writers in the business.
He threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday's series opener against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park. Hagen just returned from Cooperstown, N.Y., where he was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the 2013 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner.
Hagen bounced the pitch to Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel a few feet in front of the plate.
"Your lead should be, 'Proving why he made a wise choice in becoming a writer as opposed to trying to play ...'" Hagen said afterward.
Brown's recovery from concussion going slowly
PHILADELPHIA -- The news about Domonic Brown's head injury just keeps getting worse.
Brown sustained concussion-like symptoms after diving for a fly ball last Tuesday in St. Louis. The left fielder originally thought it would sideline him for a few games, but then Brown was placed on the seven-day disabled list.
A week after the injury, however, it does not seem like Brown is much closer to getting back on the field.
"It's going to be a little while. I think it's probably going to be another week," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Brown is going to undergo more concussion tests Wednesday, according to Manuel. The All-Star was not in the clubhouse or on the field before the Phillies' series opener against the Giants on Tuesday.
Before the injury, Brown was hitting .271 with 24 home runs and 69 RBIs. The Phillies entered Tuesday on an eight-game losing streak and had scored a total of nine runs in the five games Brown had missed in the last week.
Manuel responds to Papelbon's comments
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon made headlines Sunday when he said he thinks the team needs changes from top to bottom and that he "didn't come here for this."
The "this" Papelbon was referring to was an eight-game losing streak that pushed the Phillies out of the playoff conversation and seven games below .500.
Papelbon signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies prior to the 2012 season, but has pitched just twice since the All-Star break, and his last save came July 11.
"He got a real big, luxury contract and things like that, but he also talked about that he wanted to come here because we had guys who could hit homers and we had a good defense," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He thought we had a chance to win and all that. Same reason [Roy] Halladay came here, same reason Cliff Lee came here, and there's been quite a few players like that. I think the way he said it left a lot of interpretation."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.