Only 2.5 games ahead of the Braves in the NL East, this weekend series is a big one for the Phillies. And now, one of their biggest offensive threats will not be joining them.
Earlier today, centerfielder Shane Victorino was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Monday, July 4th. He would be eligible to return on July 19th. This is his second trip to the DL this year.
This move comes one day after Victorino was voted into the All-Star game by the fans. Obviously, he will now not be participating in the All-Star festivities due to the sprained thumb.
The injury occurred after Victorino stumbled on the astro turf in Toronto this past Sunday. Initially, it looked like Victorino twisted his ankle:
Later, it was revealed that he jammed his thumb during the fall.
Pete Orr has been recalled from Triple-A to take Victorino’s place on the roster. Still, this is a huge blow for the Phillies who also have Placido Polanco in limbo with an aching back. Polanco was supposed to see a specialist yesterday, but there is still no word on the outcome.
So the Phillies will enter this important 3-game series with five veteran pitchers on the DL, their centerfielder on the DL and third baseman in limbo. On top of that, the Braves have a very good team and a much better bullpen then the Phillies.
Buckle-up Phillies fans; this is going to be a long, crazy weekend.
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