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Shane Victorino diagnosed with Grade 1 thumb sprain

Jul 6, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino left the Phillies in Florida on Tuesday to have his sore right thumb examined by a hand specialist back in Philadelphia.

The results are in.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Victorino was diagnosed Tuesday evening with a Grade 1 sprain of his right thumb. The Phillies are considering placing him on the 15-day disabled list but won’t make anything official for at least another 24 hours. They want to see if the situation improves after Victorino takes a day or two of rest.

Here’s Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, speaking Tuesday to CSNPhilly.com:

“Will he miss some time? Probably. How much? I don’t know. I don’t think it’s going to be a whole lot. I say that sometimes and the guy goes from two weeks to six months. We’ll see.

I know his hand is swollen up. He has a jammed thumb. He can’t grip the ball. And it’s hard to grip the bat. They wanted to run some tests and see if something was wrong with it.”

“The Flyin’ Hawaiian” jammed his thumb Sunday while chasing after a fly ball. He’s batting .303/.376/.524 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 302 plate appearances, and also has 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts.

John Mayberry was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to provide outfield depth in Victorino’s absence.

  1. bleedgreen - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Let him sit till after the ASG. Re-evaluate then, and maybe retroactively put him on the DL at that point.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    I warned him, I really did. I said “Shane, you better stop sticking that thumb in the pie to pull out a plum.” Then he went on and on about how he can’t believe how great pie is, and how cake is a lower form of food and all, something about “Hey is that a squirrel ?” and he was gone. Just like that.

    • bjavie - Jul 6, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      I don’t know about all that, but I would say that based on your story, you can’t believe how great “brownies” are.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jul 6, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    He can never replace Bill Bixby in those Hulk scenes at the end of every episode where he walks away hitchhiking. Such a shame.

  4. royhobbs39 - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    The day Shaq gives him Twitter live asking people to vote him into the ASG, he gets injured…

    Ironic? The Big Jinx?

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    another phlllie on the DL, LOL go figure

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      Do you just troll for Phillies’ stories so that you can make snarky comments?

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