Phillies place All-Star Victorino on DL
By SPORTS NETWORK
|Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 1, 2011. Here Shane Victorino is safe at home to give the Phillies their fifth run. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a thumb injury.
Victorino was injured on Sunday in Toronto when he fell on the turf and appeared to initially hurt his ankle. He remained in the game, but hasn't played since, as the team said there was swelling in his thumb.
While the team was in Miami for a series with the Marlins, Victorino flew back to Philadelphia on Tuesday to have his thumb examined. After another examination on Friday, it was determined the best course of action was to place him on the DL.
Infielder Pete Orr was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Victorino's spot on the roster. The move is retroactive to July 4, meaning Victorino will be eligible to play a few days after the conclusion of the All- Star break.
Victorino was named to the National League All-Star Team on Thursday after winning the Final Vote. With his DL stint, though, he will not be able to play in the game.
No replacement has been named.
This is Victorino's second DL stint of the year, with the first coming in mid- May due to a hamstring strain. Despite the setbacks, he's having a career year with a .303 batting average and .376 on-base percentage to go with nine homers in 68 games.
Orr played in 26 games with the Phillies earlier this year before being sent to the minors and batted .230 in 67 plate appearances.