Brown was going to get a spot start Thursday, but an illness kept him on the bench. He is still battling the virus but is reportedly healthy enough to suit up Friday. While a game against Jon Lester is rarely one to take advantage of, the righty-lefty matchup could make Brown a decent punt play at catcher in daily formats.
Brown went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Buster Posey served as the DH, opening up catcher for Brown's first start since the third of July, and the rookie celebrated his return to the lineup with a bang. The homer was his first since way back on May 15, but Brown has been reasonably productive on those relatively rare occasions on which he's gotten into the lineup.
Brown will draw the start at catcher and bat eighth in the order Sunday against the Rays, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Playing in an American League park will allow manager Bruce Bochy to utilize Posey as his DH for the second straight day, resulting in another start for Brown behind the plate. Brown came through with a 3-for-3 showing Saturday, but given his limited offensive production throughout his minor-league career, expectations going forward should remain tempered.
Brown is in the lineup for Saturday's tilt with the Cubs.
Buster Posey will slide over to first base, while Brown will handle duties behind the plate Saturday. He will have a touch matchup against the left-handed Jon Lester, as he is just 1-for-14 against southpaws as a starter this season.
Brown got the start behind the dish Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 2-1 win over Arizona.
This was Brown's first home run since April 12 when he smashed a pair of homers against the Rockies in Coors. The fact that he has four long balls in the majors is a miracle in and of itself, considering that his previous career-high in homers was three over 423 plate appearances with Low-A Augusta in 2013. Barring a prolonged slump, Brown has earned the right to remain Buster Posey's backup even when Andrew Susac (wrist) regains his health.
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