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Phillies activate Shane Victorino from disabled list

Jul 19, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino has been activated from the disabled list after missing two weeks with a sprained right thumb.

Victorino went 5-for-15 (.333) with a homer during a brief rehab assignment and will be in the starting lineup tonight against the Cubs, with Pete Orr heading back to Triple-A to make room for him on the roster.

Prior to the injury Victorino was having the best season of his career, leading the Phillies in batting average (.303), on-base percentage (.376), slugging percentage (.524), and OPS (.900) while stealing 13 bases in 15 attempts and scoring 53 runs in 68 games.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Victorino will wear a protective brace on his thumb when on base to guard against aggravating the injury and may also try to avoid head-first slides. Philadelphia went 6-4 in his absence, with John Mayberry Jr. doing most of the fill-in work.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    The real question is, who is going to play CF when the Phillies acquire Matt Kemp?

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Would Kemp bat cleanup or provide protection—not that that happens, right, Jonny?—for Howard?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        He would bat 3rd. Utley moves back to his original 2 hole spot. Victorino still bats 5th. Ibanez/Brown (if he isn’t involved in the trade) is 6th, healthy Polanco 7th, Chooch.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:07 PM

        A healthy Polanco needs to be in the 2 spot.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:09 PM

        Protection is a myth I am told. Next someone will tell me that Cliff Lee doesn’t ride unicorns to work…… As if…

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM

        Why? Utley started out as a two hole hitter and was excellent there. High on base guy to get on ahead of Kemp and Howard. Furthermore, Polanco’s strength of “situational hitting” has been poor this season.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        Whatever numbers I’ve seen—and can’t access here at work—has Polly much better in the 2 hole than anywhere else.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM

        And Chase can hit just about anywhere.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        I don’t necessarily disagree with you. I am just not buying that Polanco will be healthy enough to hit and contribute like Polanco.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:28 PM

        Well this is all just a pipe dream anyway…right…?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM

        Probably. I did read a rumor about it, but I read rumors about all types of crazy shit. Although this source was a bit more credible than most, I still don’t buy it as a possibility from the Dodgers perspective.

      • spudchukar - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

        Cannot see how the Phightens could afford him, and he is probably the one player the Dodgers should keep. That said, in a perfect world, I would argue for the following. Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Kemp, Howard, Polanco, Ibanez, Ruiz, and Lee.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Woot! You failed to mention that he’s from our island state.

    • CJ - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      I thought there was some sort of mandate that all Shane Victorino posts had to include his native state in some sort of context? I demand an update! (or a full refund…either one will do)

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      Wait…he’s from Hawaii? You’d think that somebody would’ve made mention of that at some point.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        It’s kind of uncivilized to leave it out. Law must be written!!

      • CJ - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        Someone should make T-Shirt’s with his face and the nickname “Flyin’ Hawaiian” (or better yet “Phlyin’ Hawaiian”). Maybe even get it trademarked. Could make millions!

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:05 PM

        Unwritten laws?

  3. Phillies Homer - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    All you knuckleheads who were worried about Mayberry being sent down when Victorino got called back up must have forgotten that good ole Peter was riding the pine up in the bigs!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      Should have kept him up and waived that waste of space Valdez. Worst player in baseball.

      • CJ - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:34 PM

        but you never really know when you’ll need an emergency bullpen arm with closing experience…better to keep Valdez than Orr just in case.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        Great moment, but he is awful. Defense has gone downhill and it has been established that he can’t hit. Martinez is the better glove. What purpose does it serve having two similar players in that role?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        Trade bait for Pence?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

        You mean trade bait for Kemp?

      • CJ - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        then what would we do with Brian Bocock?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        Bocock can be including in whatever trade they make that includes Matt Rizotti.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        “What purpose does it serve having two similar players in that role?”

        In case the oldish farts working the infield throw a knee, hammy, or back out. Have to keep these guys loose by playing them too. Valdez has above average range but is a DP waiting to happen.

        To Phills homer, I like Mayberry and feel he should platoon with Ibanez on a regular basis depending on pitcher.

      • CJ - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        valdez for Kemp and bocock for Pence. then everyone can be happy.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        Valdez has been horrid in the field this season. If somebody goes on the DL, then call up one of the scrubs in AAA. Any number of them would perform better than Valdez.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        Nope. Valdez as trade bait for Pence. NinJr. can get it done with Eddie—Valdez for Pence.

  4. nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Martinez also has the fire that Valdez lacks. Love watching him play defense.

  5. heyblueyoustink - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    That’s great, I take one day off to go to the beach and apparently someone handed out a bunch of LSD to Hair, 5, CJ, and that damn Monkey

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      We only see Monkey with the LSD.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      Why damn Monkey? Board and wild speculation helps to cure that boredom. I actually read the Phillies in for Kemp rumor elsewhere right after I initially started the wild speculation.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

        So people are now running with your idea? Expect a call from the ninja any moment now.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        In fairness somebody else is writing about the idea with nothing to do with me. I did, however, come up with the idea independent of the rumor I read.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:38 PM

        I was doing to go with “damn dirty ape”……an homage I did all weekend, but you’re a monkey, not an ape, and I didn’t want to call you a dirty monkey, lest I jest, and mean not to be mean…….

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

        Dr. Monkey, were you on thye mid day show with Anthony and Rob Ellis yesterday?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2011 at 7:11 PM

        No. I was using one of the 2 days a month I have off to get a tooth filled at Thomas Jefferson yesterday afternoon.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      Unicorns exist!! Ask Neil Patrick Harris. He saw them too.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        Doogie Howser saw a unicorn? Is that why he lost his license?

  6. Jonny 5 - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      Holy crap! I forgot about that.

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