Shane Victorino Injury: Phillies Outfielder Returns To Lineup Tuesday

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Shane Victorino Injury: Phillies Outfielder To Be Activated Tuesday

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino, who was placed on the disabled list on July 9 (retroactive to July 4) with a thumb sprain, will be activated and available for Tuesday night’s game at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. MLB.com has the details:

Victorino has been on the disabled list since July 4 because of a strained ligament in his right thumb, but after a few rehab games he said he is ready to go. The Phillies optioned Pete Orr to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after their 3-1 loss on Monday, opening a spot for Victorino.

Victorino said he still feels some discomfort in the thumb, and he expects to continue to feel it. But he said he should be fine on the field.

Victorino, who plays with abandon, tested it out Monday night in a rehab game in Reading, Pennsylvania:

Shane Victorino, making his second straight rehab start, stole home during a double steal with Freddy Galvis, plating Reading’s first run before Mike Spidale’s RBI single drove in Galvis.

This was Victorino's second prolonged absence from the Phillies' lineup this season. He's usually been replaced by John Mayberry, who's performed well enough to cement his role as the club's fourth outfielder.

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Shane Victorino Injury: Phillies Outfielder On DL With Thumb Sprain

On Sunday, in a game against the Blue Jays, Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino jammed his thumb attempting to make a play in the field. He was out of the lineup for the following three games, and on Friday, the Phillies have opted to place Victorino on the disabled list. Todd Zolecki:

The Phillies have placed Shane Victorino on the DL. Pete Orr has taken his place.

Victorino is dealing with a Grade 1 sprain of his thumb, so there's nothing significantly wrong, here. It's just one of those little things that makes it difficult to hit, so the Phillies are giving Victorino a couple weeks to heal up. Having the All-Star break coming up reduces the impact.

And speaking of the All-Star break, Victorino was just announced as the NL's winner of the Final Vote, but now his spot will be taken by somebody else. At least he knows he's loved.

This is Victorino's second DL stint of the season, and he'll be eligible to return on July 19. The 30-year-old has posted a .900 OPS on the year, and Michael Martinez and John Mayberry have gotten starts in center in Victorino's absence. Orr is coming up to man the bench.

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