Saturday, September 5, 2015

Game 87: The injured

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The list grows by the day. With five games remaining until the All-Star Break, the Phillies will gladly take a few days off.

Game 87: The injured

Shane Victorino injured his thumb in Sunday´s loss to the Blue Jays. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Shane Victorino injured his thumb in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The list grows by the day. With five games remaining until the All-Star Break, the Phillies will gladly take a few days off.

There is no news on Shane Victorino. He flew back to Philadelphia and was scheduled to see hand specialist Randall Culp at about 5 p.m. The team probably won't have any updates until Wednesday.

Victorino was administered a few tests on his jammed right thumb Sunday and he passed those. But when the swelling wasn't improving, the Phillies decided to send him north.

Is it serious?

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"I don't know," Charlie Manuel said. "Will he miss some time? Probably. How much? I don't know. I don't think it's going to be a whole lot. I say that sometimes and the guy goes from two weeks to six months. We'll see."

Victorino said Monday he didn't think it was too bad. Apparently that changed.

"I know his hand is swollen up," Manuel said. "He has a jammed thumb. He can't grip the ball. And it's hard to grip the bat, of course. They wanted to run some tests and see if something was wrong with it."


Placido Polanco asked out of the lineup Tuesday because the pinched nerve in his back was acting up. Polanco is 0 for his last 15 and down to .216 since May 1.

"He said it was hurting a little bit," Manuel said. "It comes and goes. He has a lot of aches and pains. He's not hitting well right now. He also think it's affecting his swing. I thought it was a good time to get him rested."


Here is some positive news: Ryan Madson threw a bullpen session Tuesday. "He was good," Rich Dubee said. He will throw another Thursday and could get into some minor-league games during the break. A return when the second half begins July 15 is possible.


Brad Lidge's fastball velocity hovered around 86 to 88 m.p.h. during his first rehab outing with single-A Lakewood. Not where the Phillies want it to be, but not an unreasonable number in his first game since spring training in mid-March.

The team has not said when Lidge will pitch next.


Vance Worley will pitch the first game of the second half, July 15 against the Mets. Cliff Lee was named baseball's pitcher of the month for June.

Without Victorino and Polanco, your Phillies lineup looks like so:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Michael Martinez 8
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Domonic Brown 9
8. Wilson Valdez 5
9. Cole Hamels 1

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