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Victorino will rehab with Iron Pigs tonight and tomorrow

CF Shane Victorino is a few days away from returning to the Phillies.

Victorino will rehab with Iron Pigs tonight and tomorrow

Shane Victorino will continue his rehab progression this weekend playing for the IronPigs in Lehigh Valley. It looks like Victorino should be ready to re-join the team when he is eligible to come off the disabled list. He is actually eligible on Monday, but the Phillies are off, so his first return to the line-up would be Tuesday against the Padres.

That said, it'll be interesting to see how Charlie Manuel handles Victorino's return. His replacement in center field, Jayson Werth, has been incredibly hot as of late. He's hitting over .300 and has hit four home runs in his last five games, including one last night.

Victorino's speed is so valuable in center field, it'd be tough to keep him out of that position. Werth will likely slide back to right, where he shares time with Geoff Jenkins. Might Werth, who was used early in the season primarily against left-handers, have earned himself some more playing time in right?

We'll see.

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Manuel has taken some heat over the years from Phillies fans, but every move he's been making has worked out lately. Last night, he threw an unconventional line-up out on the field that nevertheless worked - Brad Harman, Chris Coste and Jayson Werth drove in all six of the team's runs, while Chase Utley played a good game in the field at first base.

Manuel also gave pitcher Adam Eaton the quick hook, but it worked as Chad Durbin allowed 2 runs over 2 1/3 innings, then gave way to Tom Gordon, J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge, who pitched scoreless seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

 

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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