Victorino expects to miss minimum time

Victorino expects to miss minimum time

PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino can flex his right thumb, but he can't grip a baseball or bat.

"I tried today," he said. "It wasn't very friendly."

The Phillies placed Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sprained ligament in the thumb he injured on an embarrassing tumble in center field Sunday in Toronto. The Phillies recalled infielder Pete Orr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place on the 25-man roster. Major League Baseball later announced Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had replaced Victorino on the National League All-Star team. Victorino had won the Final Vote at MLB.com for the last roster spot Thursday.

"The results showed something different than we originally thought," Victorino said, referring to an MRI exam he had this week. "The results showed a partial tear."

Victorino said surgery is not necessary. He said he expects to be back when he is eligible to be activated on July 19 in Chicago.

The injury is a blow for the Phillies, who also were without third baseman Placido Polanco in Friday's series opener against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. (Polanco is suffering from a bulging disc in his back.) Victorino is hitting .303 with 14 doubles, nine triples, nine home runs, 34 RBIs, 53 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. He entered Friday tied for seventh in the NL with a .524 slugging percentage.

Despite the injury, Victorino said he still plans to join teammates Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Polanco at next week's All-Star Game in Phoenix.

"I don't want to waste everybody's efforts and not go," he said of the fans that voted for him. "I definitely want to go out there, put my Phillies uniform on and represent the Phillies at the All-Star Game. I won't be playing, but I'll be trying to get out there as quick as I can."