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Bruised and battered, Shane Victorino plans to start Game 6

Nov 3, 2009, 1:12 PM EST

Shane Victorino’s right hand was bruised and swollen after being plunked by a 93-mph A.J. Burnett fastball in the first inning last night and he played the next seven innings in obvious pain before Ben Francisco finally replaced him.
Victorino was clearly having trouble gripping the bat and making throws from the outfield, constantly grimacing and shaking his hand, but despite how bad the injury looked X-rays on his index finger came back negative and the Phillies’ center fielder plans to start Game 6.
Francisco would likely draw the Game 6 assignment in center field if Victorino ultimately can’t go. He’s a capable hitter, particularly against left-handers like Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, but the defensive dropoff from Victorino to Francisco is huge.
In other words, today’s break in the schedule comes at a good time for the Phillies if it gives Victorino a chance to get reasonably healthy.

  1. mensroomsecurity - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    What will he do when he goes to the bathroom. Oh boy, this
    could be trouble.

  2. mensroomsecurity - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    What will he do when he goes to the bathroom. Oh boy, this
    could be trouble.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    He’s in even bigger trouble if there’s a copy of Penthouse on top of the toilet tank. He better pray for a National Geographic; a bunch of meerkats staring up at you will help take the edge off every time.

  4. RD - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Philly’s is trouble, you need that finger to throw and bat, sometimes
    bad sprains or contusions are worse than breaks.

  5. Frank C Pensabene - Nov 3, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Why was it called hit by a pitch. He tried to bunt and got hit. It should have been called a strike

  6. John - Nov 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    How dare you question the umpires Frank! PHILLIES IN SEVEN!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  7. Michael Schiavone - Nov 3, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Phillies in seven ?….yeah seven years from now…..

  8. george warren - Nov 3, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    what idiot, thinks that was an attempt– their coaching staff did not even challenge it- Burnett was out of control, and even apologized to victorino– what game were you watching, I guess your a typical yakee fan. So far its a good series, get a clue.

  9. J Myers - Nov 3, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    amen to that. just more of the worst umpiring ever.

  10. Paulio - Nov 3, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    This is entirely wrong, as many others have pointed out. FOX even played the audio of comments from the home plate umpire meeting with Girardi after the incident. The ump stated that because it was an inside pitch he couldn’t be sure if Victorino presented to bunt, so he immediately checked with the third base ump. Negative. Replays confirmed it. It was ruled HBP all the way, as it should have been.

  11. Ditto - Nov 3, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    The real issue is playing your injured center fielder in the most important game of the season – the last. Batting will be copromised. Fielding will be compromised.
    And, last but least (“not” intentionally omitted), John’s prediction will be compromised. YANKEES IN SIX!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  12. John - Nov 4, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    Hey that’s my line Ditto, minus the words “YANKEES” & “SIX” of course but it could be considered plagiarism nonetheless! Damn it I knew I should’ve taken out a copyright on that! PHILLIES IN SEVEN!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  13. Old Gator - Nov 4, 2009 at 5:38 AM

    If Anton Chighur can play hurt, so can Shane Victorino, whose name is no less ridiculous.

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