Victorino Leaves Game with Sore Left Calf
Shane Victorino left tonight’s game in the fifth inning because of soreness in his left calf.
He said after the game he should be fine. Charlie Manuel said he does not know if Victorino will play in tomorrow’s series finale against the Astros, but with no game Monday the Phillies might rest Victorino two consecutive days.
“I was a little nervous,” Victorino said. “I felt something so I said, ‘Let’s be a little smarter.’ But I feel good. My strength was there when I did all the tests.”
Victorino said he felt the leg cramp as he jogged off the field in the middle of the fifth inning. He said it had nothing to do with a collision with Ben Francisco in right-center field in the fourth.
But if Victorino misses any time, it will create another hole in manager Manuel’s lineup. Manuel has had Victorino leading off and Jimmy Rollins hitting third while Chase Utley is on the disabled list with chronic knee pain.
Victorino has had calf problems before, although in his other leg. He spent time on the DL in 2007 and 2008 because of a strained right calf. He said this is not nearly as severe as those injuries, which has him optimistic he will be back on the field soon.
“I don’t think it’s anything too serious,” he said. “We’ll evaluate in the morning and see where we’re at.”