Max Scherzer discusses Braun, PED's

ST. LOUIS -- Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer mentioned Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis on Wednesday, when he discussed Ryan Braun's 65-game suspension for violations of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Scherzer, who is a union representative, said Braun's punishment "doesn't fit the crime."

"I think it's absolutely despicable how he handled it," Scherzer told reporters. "I'm glad he got caught. He went out of his way to try to bring people down and cover up his lies, and now he looks like Lance Armstrong."

Scherzer said he thinks Braun should forfeit the $113 million remaining on his contract. He said if players have to forfeit their contracts, it could deter them from cheating because there would be monetary consequences.

"The only problem with that is the difference between Ryan Braun and Freddy Galvis," Scherzer said.

Baseball suspended Galvis 50 games last season for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. But Scherzer said Galvis "unintentionally used a foot cream that had a trace amount of steroids in it. That's a situation we could all be in. I feel there's a big difference between the Freddy Galvis thing and what Ryan Braun has done."

Brown to miss time with concussion-like symptoms

PHI@STL: Brown suffers concussion diving for ball

ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies have lost All-Star left fielder Domonic Brown for at least two games, and it could not come at a worse time.

The Phillies are in desperate need of victories before the July 31 Trade Deadline, but they said Wednesday that Brown will miss at least Wednesday's and Thursday's games because of concussion-like symptoms. Brown slammed into the turf trying to make a catch on Carlos Beltran's triple in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He complained of dizziness after the game.

It is standard protocol for a player to take a battery of tests to determine if he has suffered a concussion. Brown took those tests Wednesday and will learn the results Thursday, which means he cannot play at the earliest until Friday against the Tigers.

"I feel good," Brown said. "I feel like I'm back to normal, honestly. I was just a little dizzy yesterday. That's pretty much it. I didn't have any headaches."

But if the tests say he has a concussion, he will need to be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

The Phillies can hardly afford to lose Brown, who is hitting .271 with 24 home runs, 69 RBIs and an .847 OPS in 402 plate appearances this season. The Phillies started Laynce Nix in left field Wednesday for the first time this season. It is his first start since July 6. Nix, who has started just 16 games this season, was hitless in 11 at-bats in July and had hit .138 since April.

Losing Brown, even if it is just two games, is a blow when the Phillies can least afford one.

"You can't afford blows, but you've got to be able to take a blow, though," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We're supposed to take the blows."

Manuel: Phillies not really close on deals

ST. LOUIS -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday he does not get the impression the Phillies are close to adding any help to the 25-man roster via trades.

"No, I don't," he said. "I think they're talking to every team in baseball and things like that. I think that we're not close as far as what I hear. We're not really close on deals. Deals are hard to make anyway. I don't really get excited. Talk [is nothing]. It's when you come in and say, 'We made a trade today.' That's when you've got something. I think there's a lot of fishing right now."

Phils designate Quintero, select Martinez's contract

PHI@STL: Martinez's two-out single brings home a run

ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies designated catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment Wednesday, and selected the contract of Triple-A Lehigh Valley infielder Michael Martinez to take his place on the roster.

The Phillies said they planned to bring up Martinez, even before Domonic Brown had to miss at least two games because of concussion-like symptoms. Martinez gives the Phillies some flexibility in the outfield. He has played all three outfield positions.

Martinez contributed a pinch-hit RBI single in Wednesday's 11-3 loss to the Cardinals, but his .506 OPS in 360 career plate appearances heading into the game was the 17th lowest out of 3,074 non-pitchers with 350 or more career plate appearances since integration in 1947. Mario Mendoza, for whom the infamous Mendoza Line was named, is 18th with a .507 OPS.

Asked if he was surprised Martinez is the Phillies' best option in the Minor Leagues to help them in the outfield, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, "Am I surprised? I'm not surprised at [anything]. Nothing surprises me, if you want to know the truth. I would get surprised if you walked in here and told me I got Ted Williams. That would surprise me. I would go check on that. That would surprise me."

Williams' career OPS is 1.116.