After cortisone shot, Victorino optimistic

After cortisone shot, Victorino optimistic

PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino played coy for a few minutes Friday before he revealed he had a cortisone shot in his right hand near his index finger.

He said he believes he will be in the lineup Saturday. He entered Friday's game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in center field.

Victorino, who had the shot Friday morning, has had some soreness near the index finger since Spring Training. He said he feels it only when he hits left-handed. Hand specialist Randall Culp administered the injection.

It is worth noting Victorino is hitting .227 (37-for-163) left-handed compared to .333 (15-for-45) right-handed. Victorino refused to use that as an excuse, however, mentioning he always has been a stronger right-handed hitter. That is true, but his career splits are not as drastic, hitting .299 right-handed compared to .271 left-handed.

"It started getting a little worse as time went on," Victorino said. "I think it's going to be there for the rest of the year, but hopefully the cortisone shot brings some relief. And that's what I would want. It's nothing more than that."