Victorino Out, Martinez In

Charlie Manuel walked through the clubhouse early this morning and spotted Michael Martinez at his locker.

“What do you think?” he said.

Martinez offered a nervous chuckle.

Martinez is making his Major League debut today.  He is leading off and playing center field. Shane Victorino pulled himself from last night’s game because of soreness in his left calf, and the Phillies wanted to give him two full days to rest with no game Monday.

Victorino said he is fine and should play Tuesday.

“I still feel it in the certain area,” Victorino said. “My strength is there. We’re just trying to find out what’s causing that sensation.”

Victorino said it could be an irritated nerve. That sounds a bit strange, but he said there is no reason to be alarmed or think this could linger.

“I’m not alarmed,” he said. “None of us are alarmed.”


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So what’s the batting order?

According to

Martinez CF
Polanco 3B
Rollins SS
Howard 1B
Ibanez LF
Francisco RF
Ruiz C
Valdez 2B
Oswalt P

Martinez, M,
Polanco, P, 3B
Rollins, J, SS
Howard, R, 1B
Ibanez, R, LF
Francisco, B, RF
Ruiz, C, C
Valdez, W,
Oswalt, R,

wishing Martinez a great debut game. We have total confidence in you, kid. Make us proud

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i’m in Dallas for the weekend and at the ballpark every day while here. There is still some low rumbling re Michael Young going to the Fightins with Rangers picking up half the tab. Are you hearing anything in Philly?

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