Brown has knee infection, may rejoin Nats in NY

Brown has knee infection, may rejoin Nats in NY

NEW YORK -- Nationals outfielder Corey Brown, called up from Triple-A Syracuse last Tuesday, did not travel with the team to New York because of a knee infection. It's not known how the infection came about.

While the team was packing their bags for a four-game series against the Mets that began Monday, manager Davey Johnson was informed of the seriousness of Brown's problem. The team doctors then suggested to Johnson that Brown would be better off if he didn't travel.

Johnson is hoping that Brown can return to action later during the four-game series against the Mets.

"The doctors felt that rather than go on the road trip, maybe have him see a doctor," Johnson said. "Instead of getting better, it could get worse. I think there was a concern that it could turn into a staph infection. We just kept him in Washington to be on the safe side. Hopefully today or tomorrow, he could be all right and rejoin the club."

Since his promotion, Brown has been hitless in three at-bats for Washington.