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7/8/2013 11:46 P.M. ET

Brown OK with being passed over for Home Run Derby

Despite 23 dingers, Phillies left fielder not selected by NL captain Wright

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown said he absolutely would participate in the 2013 Chevrolet Home Run Derby next Monday at Citi Field, if asked.

But National League captain David Wright chose Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer instead. So Brown, who is second in the NL with 23 home runs, will have to watch the competition from the sideline.

"Not really," Brown said, when asked if he was disappointed. "I'm going to the All-Star Game. That's the big thing. I'm not really worried about the Derby. I'll be out there supporting and taking a lot of pictures. It's part of the game. There's a lot of big-name guys."

Wright said he picked up a newspaper to see who led the league in home runs and picked Gonzalez. He said he then honored the fan vote and selected Harper. But he also said he picked Cuddyer because they are longtime friends from Virginia.

"I really am sorry that Carlos Beltran, Domonic Brown, [Paul] Goldschmidt, [Joey] Votto, [Pedro] Alvarez [weren't selected] -- they were all obviously on the original list," Wright said. "The three guys I asked to do it all said yes and jumped at it.

"It's a lot tougher than you would think it is. You don't want to leave anybody out and there are obviously guys I left out. I apologize for that, but some people had to be left out."

Horst to continue rehab assignment at Triple-A

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Jeremy Horst will continue his rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He hopes to pitch in back-to-back games with the IronPigs on Thursday and Friday.

"I feel really good," said Horst, who has been on the disabled list since June 16 with a sprained left elbow. "It's the first time I've been pain free in a long time."

Horst was 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in 28 appearances before he landed on the 15-day disabled list.

"It's been a crazy year," he said. "I feel like being young and being the first time through the league, and all of a sudden, these guys know who I am. They're coached to know. It is a challenge mentally to figure out how to go about getting these guys out on a consistent basis and inventing different ways and coming up with different stuff."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.