MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The swollen right thumb that kept Shane Victorino out of Monday's game could prove to be a larger problem than the Phillies and their centerfielder originally expected.
Victorino left the team Tuesday to fly to Philadelphia for an appointment with hand specialist Randall Culp, as initially reported by MLB.com. Victorino could not swing a bat Monday and had a large wrap around his hand to help decrease the swelling.
"It's a little sore," Victorino said Monday, "but it's all right."
The injury occurred Sunday when Victorino's left cleat gave way on the Rogers Centre turf and he crumbled to the ground. In the process, he fell on his thumb.
His replacement in center could be the newest member of the roster.
Needing only four starters for the remainder of the first half, the Phillies will go with an extra bench player, and he is a familiar one: John Mayberry Jr.
Mayberry was officially recalled Tuesday from triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Vance Worley, who was optioned after Monday's 1-0 win.
The 27-year-old began the season with the Phillies and stayed on the major-league roster until June 1. He hit .231 in 104 at-bats and had the game-winning single on Opening Day.
But because he had an option remaining, he was the odd man out on the Phillies roster. His stint in the minors wasn't all too impressive with a slash line of .265/.287/.442 in 122 plate appearances. He had four home runs but only five walks against 23 strikeouts.
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