Friday, July 8, 2011

No All-Star Game for Victorino, who lands on DL

Even though he won the Final Vote yesterday, Shane Victorino won't be playing in the All-Star Game. The Phillies have announced today that Victorino has been placed on the disabled list due to his injured thumb. Replacing Victorino on the roster will be Pete Orr, who was called up from Lehigh Valley.

Victorino had been confident that he would still be able to play in the All-Star game but apparently it wasn't worth risking further injury. He will be placed retroactively on the DL, starting on July 4th, so Victorino might just miss a few more games before he returns. In his place, John Mayberry and Michael Martinez will get the bulk of the playing time in center.

With the big Braves series starting today, this is certainly bad timing but nothing the Phillies can't overcome. They've gotten pretty used to dealing with injuries so I'm sure they'll take this in stride. No word yet on who replaces Victorino on the All-Star team, though Andrew McCutchen is certainly the most deserving.

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