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Victorino expects to return from tight calf on Tuesday

Apr 3, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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The Phillies got some good news Sunday on center fielder Shane Victorino, the morning after he made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of tightness in his left calf.

According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Victorino is aiming to return to the Phils’ starting lineup for Tuesday’s series-opening tilt against the Mets. The Phillies have an off day on Monday.

Michael Martinez will make his major league debut on Sunday afternoon against the Astros. The 28-year-old is leading off and playing center field.

“I still feel it in the certain area,” Victorino said Sunday. “My strength is there. We’re just trying to find out what’s causing that sensation. I’m not alarmed. None of us are alarmed.”

Victorino, 30, is 1-for-6 with two RBI so far this season. He was caught on his only stolen base attempt.

  1. macjacmccoy - Apr 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    they were saying during the Phillies game sunday it was more of a contusion type injury then a strain. Anyway he’s in the game right now as a pinch hitter so obviously he’s fine.

  2. mercyflush - Apr 3, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Victorino actually played today. Pinch hit for Oswalt in the bottom of the 6th and had an rbi single, stayed in the game, made a really nice play on a long run to left center in the top of the 7th, his speed was obviously there on the play.

  3. smokehouse56 - Apr 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Was at Citizens today. The Hawaiian looked fine. Big RBI single in 6th, fine catch later. Right now this team looks awesome, but it’s a long, hot summer. And Cole Hamel’s didn’t even pitch yet.

  4. cleverbob - Apr 4, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    162-0

    You heard it here first.

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