LAKEWOOD, NJ- Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino looked good in his first rehab appearance with the club’s single A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws on Saturday night. Victorino has been on the disabled list since May 19th with a strained right hamstring.
As the two-time defending South Atlantic League champions piled on early runs against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins affiliate), Victorino saw plate appearances in each of the game’s first three innings.
Leading off in the top of the first inning, Victorino lined out to right field. In the midst of a 2nd inning rally, the man known as “the Flyin’ Hawaiian” worked the count full and then walked with the bases loaded to force home a run and put the BlueClaws up 4-0. He later scored on a throwing error by Greensboro shortstop Daniel Black.
Batting with 2 outs in the third inning, and the ‘Claws already leading 8-1, Victorino laced a fastball from 24-year-old righty hurler Kyle Winters into right field and drove in catcher Cameron Rupp to boost the Lakewood lead to 9-1.
Victorino played 5 full innings in the field and was on deck when the BlueClaws made their third out in the bottom of the 5th inning.
Overall on the night, the 30-year-old Victorino went 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and 2 RBI.
“It felt great to get those three at bats. First at bat, I kind of felt like, ‘Where was I?’ I kind of felt like (the pitcher) was throwing a little harder than it was. But, after that and adjusting myself, and getting adjusted to seeing pitches- that’s what it’s about right now…seeing pitches and getting my timing back and feeling good,” Victorino said. Continue reading Victorino Has Successful Rehab Outing