As broken by Todd Zolecki, Shane Victorino has been sent back to Philadelphia to have his jammed thumb examined by a specialist. The injury was suffered when Victorino awkwardly fell after catching a ball in centerfield at Rogers Centre.
On the play, Victorino took approximately 6,000 steps more than needed, tripped over his own feet and landed on the thumb. He was held out of Monday’s opener in Florida and, despite feeling OK, was to be held out of Tuesday’s contest as well.
John Mayberry, Jr. was recalled from Triple-A to fill the centerfield void, so expect to see him get plenty of action leading up to the All-Star break. To make room for Mayberry, Vance Worley was sent down. Worley will be right back up with the team following the All-Star Break, he was only sent down to continue pitching on regular rest, not sitting for ten days. It was a well-timed roster move.
This is disheartening news for the Phillies, who had finally started to see production out of the five-hole when Victorino stepped in. In nine games batting fifth, Victorino went 11-for-30 with six extra-base hits, six RBI, seven runs scored, seven walks and but one strikeout.