Thursday, December 18, 2014

Game 95: Victorino returns Tuesday

CHICAGO -- It's a Halladay Day and the Phillies have won the last 10 times their ace has taken the mound. That bodes well against a hapless Cubs team.

Game 95: Victorino returns Tuesday

Shane Victorino will be activated Tuesday from the disabled list after playing two rehab games for Reading. (David Swanson/Staff file photo)
Shane Victorino will be activated Tuesday from the disabled list after playing two rehab games for Reading. (David Swanson/Staff file photo)

CHICAGO -- It's a Halladay Day and the Phillies have won the last 10 times their ace has taken the mound. That bodes well against a hapless Cubs team.

Another positive sign for the Phillies: Shane Victorino has rejoined the club.

Victorino will be activated Tuesday from the disabled list and the team's best offensive player in 2011 will enter a lineup that averaged 6.22 runs in nine games without Victorino.

His sprained right thumb is still not 100 percent, Victorino said, and he was not able to test it with a head-first slide during the two rehab games he played for double-A Reading.

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"It's fine," Victorino said. "There's discomfort but nothing that's going to be there. There's going to be something there. But it feels good."

The Phillies will have to make a corresponding roster move. Pete Orr is a logical candidate to go down, but that could leave the Phillies short on the infield. John Mayberry Jr. has swung a hot bat. Ben Francisco still has an option remaining, but that move is unlikely.

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Here's the lineup for the opener at Wrigley against old friend Rodrigo Lopez:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Michael Martinez 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Domonic Brown 9
8. John Mayberry Jr. 8
9. Roy Halladay 1

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