But he also knows a strained oblique is tricky.
Victorino left Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the D-backs at Citizens Bank Park in the seventh inning with a strained left oblique. He said he first felt pain in his side while diving back to first base in the sixth inning. He later felt it when he accelerated to his left to catch a fly ball in left-center field.
Victorino will have a MRI exam on Wednesday.
"It was very mild," Phillies general mangaer Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It was more precautionary."
If Victorino is placed on the DL, Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Domonic Brown could be his replacement.
"It's something we'll have to talk about internally," Amaro said.
Another candidate could be Lehigh Valley outfielder John Mayberry Jr.
Victorino said he thought he could have remained in the game, but he did not want the oblique to "blow out."
"I just wanted to be cautious on that," he said. "I don't want to make it longer than it needs to be. Hopefully other than being sore, nothing is really wrong. I don't think it's that bad. I hope it's not that bad. I don't want to make it a month when I can make it three days or whatever. Hopefully I'll feel better in the morning when I roll out of bed."
Complicating matters is that Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has a bruised left foot. He did not play on Tuesday and seems unlikely to play Wednesday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.