Thursday, December 25, 2014

Victorino could miss exhibition opener with sore shoulder

Quick piece of news to pass along. Shane Victorino has been hampered by a sore shoulder and could miss the Phillies' exhibition game against Florida State Thursday night. It doesn't sound like anything serious -- Victorino took batting practice yesterday, but was held out of throwing drills as a precaution.

Victorino could miss exhibition opener with sore shoulder

"He could play [on Thursday]," Charlie Manuel said about Shane Victorino. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
"He could play [on Thursday]," Charlie Manuel said about Shane Victorino. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Quick piece of news to pass along. Shane Victorino has been hampered by a sore shoulder and could miss the Phillies' exhibition game against Florida State Thursday night. It doesn't sound like anything serious -- Victorino took batting practice yesterday, but was held out of throwing drills as a precaution.

As for his status on Wednesday night. . .

"He could play," Manuel said, "but I don't know if I will play him or not. I want to play everybody, but if his shoulder's still bothering him a little bit, I won't."

Victorino did not participate in the relay drill, during which outfielders practice fielding base hits near the wall and hitting their cut-off men.

"He's got a little soreness," Manuel said of the center fielder, who won his second consecutive Gold Glove last season. "He had it when he first came in to camp. Right now, we don't want to throw him in our drills -- cut-offs and relays and infield. We'll take it easy on him for a few days and make sure he's alright. That's kind of typical when you come into spring training and first start out. It can happen from sleeping on your arm, or anything, really."

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