PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino was the Phillies' leadoff hitter on Friday night against the Mets. He's also batted second and fifth in the early days of the season.
That's partly a result of manager Charlie Manuel mixing and matching while waiting for second baseman Chase Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard to return from the disabled list. But it also reflects Manuel's confidence that Victorino can handle a variety of roles.
"Let me tell you something. I look at Victorino sometimes and I think he could bat first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth. Ninth if I wanted him to. Wherever," Manuel said.
"He's a very talented kid. He plays hard. He can adjust to anywhere he plays. I mean that. To have somebody like that, it's definitely good for your team. Every team in baseball has to have one or two guys like that."