09/22/11 7:28 PM ET
Brown to work on position change in Florida
By Nate Mink / MLB.com
It was confirmed Brown will head to the Florida instructional league at the end of the season as he converts from right to left field.
Brown said he will spend about two weeks in Clearwater, Fla., but is not sure the exact date he'll report. This move will likely keep him off the postseason roster for the first round, but Brown probably wasn't a serious candidate for one of the last bench spots, considering he is not expected to start for the rest of the regular season and has no Major League at-bats since July 29.
"I think it's fine," Brown said. "I have a lot of work to do, first time in left field. I'm just enjoying the moment right now."
The instructional league runs through Oct. 15.
Brown broke a bone in his right hand during Spring Training, costing him a chance to win the everyday right-field position. He then made his season debut May 21 and had been playing fairly regularly, hitting .246 (45-for-183) with 10 doubles, one triple, five homers and 19 RBIs in 54 games before the Phils acquired Hunter Pence from the Astros on July 29.
The Phillies optioned Brown to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he moved from right to left field. He hit just .227 (20-for-92) with four doubles, one home run and five RBIs in 30 games, struggling to play his new position and hearing boos from the fans in his hometown ballpark.
"It's been everything, up, down," Brown said. "I experienced a lot. This is the first time in my career I really had to deal with a lot of failure. I'm learning how to cope with that. It's just trying to stay positive and learn as much as I can."
Bastardo likely lone lefty reliever in NLDS
PHILADELPHIA -- There's more than a good chance Antonio Bastardo will be the only left-handed reliever in the Phillies' bullpen when they start postseason play Oct. 1.
That was never a concern for most of the season. His ERA went over 2.00 for the first time on Sept. 16. But over his last six games, Bastardo has a 16.20 ERA, allowing six earned runs on 3 1/3 innings. To put that in perspective, Bastardo allowed a total of six earned runs in his previous 38 appearances (36 innings).
So, is manager Charlie Manuel comfortable with one lefty in his bullpen heading into the postseason?
"I guess I'm going to have to be, aren't I?" he said, downplaying his concern because he feels he has enough good right-handers to work against lefties if Bastardo continues to struggle.
Victorino's Boys & Girls Club officially opens
PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino had waited more than a year, and the first major project his foundation undertook was completed Thursday with the grand opening of The Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club.
The Shane Victorino Foundation, founded in 2010, pledged $900,000 to gut and renovate the 16,000-square foot building, which features a full-size gymnasium, teen center, game room, media/technology center, after-school study lounge, kitchen, offices and other ancillary spaces.
Special guests at the ceremony included ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, Phillies team president David Montgomery and Major League Baseball executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan.
"I am incredibly grateful to the city of Philadelphia for embracing my family and me throughout our years here, and we wanted to find a way to give back," Victorino said in a press release. "While our foundation's $900,000 pledge was very ambitious, [my wife] Melissa and I strongly believe updating this club is a necessary investment in the neighborhood that will provide children with unbelievable opportunities that they desperately need."
Ryan Howard and Hunter Pence remained out of the lineup again. Pence was available to pinch-hit, and Howard should be back in the weekend series against the Mets in New York.
Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.