Victorino, Lidge continue rehab efforts

Shane Victorino has not played since injuring his thumb in Toronto on July 3. (Darren Calabrese/AP)


Shane Victorino's day got off to a fun beginning. He hit a long fly to leftfield in the first and began his home run trot. He was rounding third when he realized that it had been called foul.

He returned to home plate and walked. He moved to third on a single and scored during a pickoff rundown of a runner between first and second.

He finished the day 1-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and a strikeout.

He is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday and is expected to rejoin his Phillies teammates Monday in Chicago.

Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless seventh, but allowed two hits. He struck out two, both looking, on sliders to righthanded batters. In all, he threw 14 pitches, 13 for strikes.


Rehabbing Phillies Shane Victorino and Brad Lidge will both make an appearance for Double A Reading today at Trenton.

Victorino, sidelined with a sprained right thumb, went 3-for-5 as the designated hitter Saturday night. He is expected to play centerfield for all nine innings today. Thanks to the All-Star break and the backdate on his being placed on the disabled list, Victorino is eligible to come off Tuesday, when the Phillies will be in Chicago against the Cubs.

I can’t complain,’’  Victorino said. “I am going to take as many at-bats as I can. Taking BP (batting practice) I felt something at the top of my finger in the capsule where I had a lot of swelling, but the pain was tolerable and did not get any worse throughout the game. It was a positive step for me.’’

Lidge threw 12 pitches for a scoreless inning in the seventh last night and took a positive step after Thursday's disaster. He threw three wild pitches, hit two batters and walked a batter. He reached his pitch count before the side was retired and was pulled.

Lidge will throw on back-to-back days for the first time as he attempts to comeback from shoulder problems that have sidelined him all season. He is next scheduled to pitch Wednesday for Lakewood. His target is to be ready in time for the Phillies' return from the current road trip next weekend against San Diego.

“Every time you go out you are trying to accomplish something that gets you closer to Philly,’’ Lidge told reporters. “Last time out I was trying to get more on the fastball and the control wasn’t great. This time I wanted to get the control better, and it was, and when I can make adjustments from outing to outing it is a sign things are going well and I’m not too far off.’’

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