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Shane Victorino leaves Phillies to have thumb examined

Jul 5, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

Shane Victorino

Injuries continue to pile up for the Phillies, as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that center fielder Shane Victorino has left the team in Florida and traveled back to Philadelphia to have his thumb examined by a hand specialist.

Victorino injured his thumb Sunday and missed yesterday’s game while wearing a protective sleeve, with Michael Martinez filling in for him in a 1-0 victory.

Zolecki writes that the current plan is for Victorino to rejoin the Phillies in time for tomorrow night’s game in Florida, but obviously that will depend on what the specialist determines today and in the meantime they’ve added John Mayberry Jr. to the roster as an extra outfielder.

Philadelphia’s disabled list is already packed with pitchers Ryan Madson, Jose Contreras, Brad Lidge, Joe Blanton, and Roy Oswalt, plus third baseman Placido Polanco has been struggling to play through back problems for two months now, but losing Victorino would really hurt. He leads the team in batting average (.303), on-base percentage (.376), slugging percentage (.524), OPS (.900), and runs (53) in addition to his usual defensive value in what has been the best season of his career so far.

  1. philly56 - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Actually he didn’t have anything on his hand during the game yesterday. One more day won’t matter much, especially facing volstad and the last place marlins behind hamels.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      Zolecki also reported that he was unable to grip a bat and take batting practice, while Wheels and McCarthy said that he did take batting practice. I will take Wheels’ word over Zolecki’s and day. I will only listen to David Murphy and Matt Gelb when it comes to Phillies news.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        Since Wheels and T-mac know what they saw, And Zolecki knows what he hears I’d say you’re right.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    injuries keep piling up, gotta love it baby!

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