8/25/2013 2:18 P.M. ET
Brown targets Monday return from Achilles injury
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has some inflammation in his right Achilles, but he said Sunday it has improved.
Brown has been taking some anti-inflammatories to get the swelling down. It has been bothering him for a few days.
"It's definitely getting better," he said.
He said he hopes to be back in the lineup as early as Monday night against the Mets at Citi Field.
Late night, quick turnaround for Phillies' staff members
PHILADELPHIA -- Get any sleep?
The Phillies had until noon to arrive at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, following Saturday's 18-inning 12-7 loss to Arizona, which lasted 7 hours, 6 minutes, making it the longest game in franchise history. It was the longest in baseball since June 3, 1989, when the Astros and Dodgers needed 7 hours, 14 minutes to play 22 innings.
Crazy things happened on and off the field.
How about a few things that happened off it?
• About 10 to 12 dozen baseballs are used for a typical nine-inning game, but about 25 dozen were used Saturday. Phillies manager of equipment and umpire services Dan O'Rourke rubs up the baseballs with mud before every game to remove their sheen, giving pitchers a better grip.
"In the 12th inning, I started rubbing about three dozen every other inning," he said. "I lost track of how many after a while."
• The game ended at 2:12 a.m. ET. Kevin Camiscioli, who is the team's manager of video coaching services, left the ballpark around 2:30 a.m. and returned around 9 a.m.
He awoke around 7 a.m., when an email from Roy Halladay popped up on his cell phone. Camiscioli regularly puts together Halladay's packet of information about opposing hitters before each of his starts.
Halladay just wanted to make sure it would be ready.
• Two clubhouse attendants and one bat boy slept at the ballpark, with one on an air mattress, another on a couch in the ball room (the storage closet where the Phillies keep their boxes of baseballs) and another wherever he could find a spot.
• Phillies home clubhouse manager Phil Sheridan left the ballpark around 2:45 a.m. and got to sleep for a few hours before he returned to the ballpark at 7:50 a.m. Sheridan and the other clubhouse employees would have been at the park longer following Saturday's game if not for the team's alternate home uniforms.
The Phillies wear cream-colored uniforms during day games, so Sheridan and his staff did not need to immediately wash the team's red pinstripe uniforms for the next game.
"That saved us about an hour," Sheridan said.
• Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee was the first coach to arrive at the ballpark shortly before 9 a.m. The other coaches arrived shortly thereafter.
They needed to get there relatively early because of a previously scheduled coaches clinic for kids at 10 a.m.
The coaching staff started reminding each other about it around the 15th inning.
"Hey, Hendu, how about the coaches clinic in the morning?" catching coach Mick Billmeyer said to hitting coach Steve Henderson.
But as Billmeyer pointed out, "Hey, we get the entire winter off."
In other words, it could be worse.
Phillies shuffle roster as result of 18-inning game
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies made a few rosters moves before Sunday's series finale against Arizona as a result of Saturday's 18-inning affair.
They activated right-hander Roy Halladay from the 60-day disabled list and selected the contract of right-hander J.C. Ramirez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. To make room on the 25-man and 40-man rosters, they optioned right-handers Tyler Cloyd and Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley, and placed right-handers Jonathan Pettibone and Mike Stutes on the 60-day DL.
Cloyd had been scheduled to start Sunday, but had to pitch Saturday in relief. Halladay, who had right shoulder surgery in May, had been scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday with Double-A Reading, but made his return to the big leagues earlier than expected because the team is shorthanded.
• The Phillies had four walkoff victories in six days last week. They certainly have had a flair for the dramatic. Arizona had four walkoff victories in six days Aug. 9-14, so it is not entirely uncommon.
But before last week, the Phillies never had four in a six-day span. According to Elias Sports Bureau, they had four in a seven-day span twice: once in July 1911, and once in April '79.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.