Game 53: Chooch in; Victorino out

Carlos Ruiz will bat cleanup against the Marlins tonight at Citizens Bank Park. (AP Photo/Chris Lee, Post Dispatch)

Centerfielder Shane Victorino, who had started the Phillies first 52 games, was out of Friday’s lineup against the Miami Marlins after receiving a cortisone shot in his right hand earlier in the day.

John Mayberry Jr. will start in place of Victorino.

According to Victorino, the hand has been bothering him since spring training.

“I said it’s been two months so we decided to give me some relief,” Victorino said before Friday’s game.

Even after getting the shot, Victorino said his goal was to play on Friday, but was told by the medical staff it would be better that he sit out.

“I plan on playing tomorrow,” Victorino. “I wish I could be in the lineup tonight."

A switch-hitter, Victorino said it only bothers him when he bats lefthanded. This season he is batting .227 lefthanded in 163 at-bats and .333 in 45 at-bats righthanded.


After not starting any of the three games in New York due to right hamstring tightness, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins.

Ruiz is batting cleanup. Hector Luna is also in tonight’s starting lineup as is John Mayberry Jr.

Shane Victorino is out after receiving a cortisone shot in his right hand earlier in the day. He said he expects to return Saturday.

The Phillies (27-25) have won five of seven following Wednesday’s 10-6 win at Citi Field against the New York Mets.

The Marlins (29-22) are coming off a three-game home sweep of the Washington Nationals.

Here is the Phillies lineup

1.Jimmy Rolins, SS

2. Placido Polanco, 3B

3. Hunter Pence, RF

4. Carlos Ruiz, C

5. Ty Wigginton, 1B

6. Hector Luna, LF

7. John Mayberry Jr., CF

8. Freddy Galvis, 2B

9. Kyle Kendrick, P