Victorino on DL with right calf strain
Phillies center fielder suffered same injury last season
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday night with a strained right calf, the same injury that curtailed his 2007 production.Outfielder Chris Snelling's contract was purchased from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Victorino's roster spot. The switch-hitting Victorino grounded to first base to end the sixth inning and ran gingerly to first. He was replaced in the batting order by Geoff Jenkins and in center field by Jayson Werth, who moved over from right field. Victorino didn't speak to reporters after the game, but conveyed through a team official that he injured himself scoring on a wild pitch in the fifth inning. He injured the same calf July 30 at Wrigley Field and remained out until Aug. 22. He played sparingly after returning and hit .255 in 26 games, collecting only five of his 37 steals. He was batting .284 at the time of his injury. Victorino began the season slowly -- hitting .162 through April 10 -- but stroked five hits in his past three games to raise his average to .234. Like teammate Jimmy Rollins, out with a sprained left ankle, Victorino's game relies heavily on speed and mobility. Without Victorino and Rollins, Phils manager Charlie Manuel will juggle his lineup, with Werth and So Taguchi sharing time in center field. If the injury keeps Victorino out for an extended period, the Phillies may dip into their Minor League system for reinforcements, namely center fielder Greg Golson, who is off to a blistering start for Double-A Reading.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.