Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown underwent surgery Tuesday morning to remove the fractured "hook" portion of the hamate bone in his right hand. According to Phillies athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, the projected timetable for Brown's return to play is four to six weeks, presuming no setbacks.
I spoke with Brown's teammate, Ben Francisco, who suffered a similar injury in the minors (and, in an interesting twist of fate, stands to see increased playing time while Brown is out). Francisco said he was able to return to play within six weeks but it really took a couple of months for his power to return. Beyond that, Francisco said he still had lingering soreness in the hand for a couple of months. It's a good reminder that although the procedure has become relatively routine among ballplayers, there is often a difference between returning to play and returning to normal. On the flip side, it's no secret that Brown was struggling at the plate before his injury. Sometimes a forced rest can do a world of good, and that may indeed be the case with Brown.