CLEARWATER, Fla. - Domonic Brown reported to spring training Monday with what he deemed a "really different mind-set."
After a season in which he was statistically one of baseball's worst everyday players, Brown said he's entering this one "just staying positive every single day."
Then Brown explained what he perceived as an issue the last few seasons.
"A lot of us haven't been on the same page," the Phillies' 27-year-old outfielder said.
"Usually the Phillie way [is] playing hard, running balls out, taking the extra base," he said. "We weren't doing those little things last year, and I want to make sure that everybody's on the same page to do those little things to win baseball games because we had that just a short period of time ago."
This is a crucial season for Brown, who figures to get another chance as an everyday player, this time back in right field.
An all-star in 2013, last year he ranked 139th out of 147 qualified hitters in OPS. His .349 slugging percentage was .012 points less than the singles-hitting Ben Revere.
Brown was asked if those teammates who were not "on the same page" are still with the team.
"We're not getting into that," he said.
Outfielder Kelly Dugan will wear a walking boot on his right foot for a week because of a stress reaction.
The oft-injured former second-round draft pick will likely be a couple weeks behind the other position players.
He is still expected to be ready for the start of the season, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
Dugan, 24, has yet to play above double-A.