Brown stays, but likely not for long

Despite a strong showing, Domonic Brown is likely headed back to the minors. ( David M Warren / Staff Photographer )

Shane Victorino was activated from the disabled list a day earlier than expected and rookie Domonic Brown wasn't the player to be bumped off the roster, raising a few eyebrows.

Don't read too much into it. Brown is still likely ticketed for the minors within the next few days.

"We look at Domonic, he's better off playing," Manuel said. "It depends on how much we can play him. We like him. I like him. He's going to play in the big leagues for a long time. He's not a finished product yet. That's OK. He's going to be one of these days."

Manuel said a few weeks of regular at-bats in the minors would benefit Brown and the Phillies.

"When he comes back in September, he probably would be sharper and able to help us more," the manager said.

Brown wasn't sent down Thursday because the Phillies wanted an extra man for the bench while Ross Gload recovers from a right groin strain. The injury is not as serious as originally thought and Gload will not need the disabled list.

Gload said he could be available in an emergency situation Thursday but he'll likely be held out as a precaution.

"I thought it was serious at first," Manuel said. "I thought he was going to miss quite a bit of time. Sounds like he might not miss much.

Lefthander Antonio Bastardo was optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Victorino. Should Gload be 100 percent in the coming days, Brown could go down for another pitcher, perhaps lefthander Mike Zagurski. Because Bastardo was optioned, he cannot return to the Phillies for 10 days unless it is to replace an injured player.

Victorino is not in the lineup Thursday. Ben Francisco starts in right field while Jayson Werth remains in center.