Victorino aims to add more bunting to arsenal

Victorino aims to add more bunting to arsenal

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Maybe Shane Victorino took Mike Schmidt's thoughts on small ball to heart.

Maybe not.

But Victorino twice tried bunting for hits Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field. He bunted foul in the second inning before bunting up the first-base line for a hit in the fourth inning.

"It's a little something in the repertoire," Victorino said with a smile.

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Victorino bunted twice for hits last season, zero times in 2009 and nine times in 2008. He had no sacrifice bunts last season, four in 2009 and five in 2008.

"I bunt all the time, what are you talking about?" Victorino said kiddingly.

Told of his numbers last year compared to 2008, Victorino said, "That's pretty bad, isn't it?"

Schmidt recently spoke about players like Victorino and Jimmy Rollins playing small ball, but that was not the impetus for this. Victorino said he spoke with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel before the game about bunting more. It is a conversation they have had in the past.

"He needs to bunt enough just to get the corners up," Manuel said.

Victorino said he is in favor of it.

"I could have two base hits, but I missed the first one," he said.

Could Rollins bunt more, too?

"Jimmy can bunt," Manuel said. "He'll show you that he can handle the bat and bunt good. I think over the course of the last few years ... the six years I've been here, he hasn't bunted much."

Rollins bunted for a combined three hits the previous three seasons. He had four bunt hits in 2007, two in '06, three in '05 and nine in '04.