Brown hopes to remain with Phillies in '16

Brown hopes to remain with Phillies in '16

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown slipped on sunglasses, grabbed a shoebox from his locker and headed out the door Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Brown is still recovering from a concussion suffered last week attempting to make a catch in New York. He said his headaches are gone, but his eyes remain sensitive to light. He will be tested later this week, but he acknowledged Monday the possibility his 2015 season might be finished.

His Phillies career might be finished, too.

"I don't worry about that," Brown told "No, not at all. I hope I'm here, I'll tell you that. It's a family for me here. I know everybody. The guys have been great to me. There have been a couple tough times, but that's growing pains. They've always been honest. I respect everybody. I'm comfortable. Why wouldn't you want to be here, you know?

"A lot of people ask me if it would be better with a change of scenery. I don't know, really. But I don't see why I can't do good here. I don't mind coming in and competing for a job again. I do it every year anyway. What's wrong with that?"

Brown has hit .228 (43-for-189) with six doubles, one triple, five home runs, 25 RBIs and a .634 OPS in 63 games this season. Since he represented the Phillies in the 2013 All-Star Game, he has posted a .650 OPS, which ranks 112th out of 126 qualified outfielders in baseball.

Combine Brown's numbers since the 2013 All-Star break, the fact that he is eligible for salary arbitration a second time and the fact that the Phillies might want to give a longer look next season to outfielders Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera, Cody Asche, Darnell Sweeney and others, and there is a strong possibility Brown is non-tendered and plays elsewhere next season.

If only Brown had shown more flashes of his 2013 success.

"I can do that at any time," he said. "I just think I need to play every day. That's up to me. Go out and play well. It's a different philosophy here with how they handle things, but that's all I know. Other teams might leave guys out there, but here you've got to perform. I understand that."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.