CHICAGO -- Placido Polanco's back might not be improving, but Shane Victorino is ready to rejoin the Phillies' lineup after being activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
Victorino has been on the disabled list since July 4 because of a strained ligament in his right thumb, but after a few rehab games he said he is ready to go. The Phillies optioned Pete Orr to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after their 3-1 loss on Monday, opening a spot for Victorino.
Victorino said he still feels some discomfort in the thumb, and he expects to continue to feel it. But he said he should be fine on the field.
Will he try to slide head first? He might, depending on the situation.
"I don't think. You know how it is sometimes," he said. "I just go."
But to protect himself from jamming the thumb, he said he will wear a brace whenever he gets on base.