Stiff back keeps Victorino out of lineup

Victorino out of lineup with stiff back

LOS ANGELES -- Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino said his lower back felt better a day after leaving a game with lower back stiffness, but manager Charlie Manuel held him out of Wednesday's starting lineup against the Dodgers.

Jayson Werth started in center field, flanked by Geoff Jenkins and Pat Burrell in right and left field, respectively.

Victorino admitted after Tuesday's game and reiterated on Wednesday that his competitive nature got the best of him, when he convinced his manager after batting practice that he was fit to play.

"It was my fault for going out there. I was no help to my team," said Victorino, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts before leaving Tuesday's game after six innings. "I was trying to be a hero. It was a stupid thing on my part."

But understandable, as Victorino has been the team's most productive regular in July and August, batting .313 in 36 games with nine home runs and 27 RBIs. He's also recorded nine doubles and two triples.

Victorino thought adrenaline would take over once the game started. Manuel hopes his center fielder's injury doesn't linger, but the Hawaii native won't play until he's better. Even this late in the season, it's better to be without Victorino for a few games now than potentially have him out longer.

"There's being tough and being stupid," Victorino said. "If you can't do it, you can't do it. You have to understand what your body is saying, when it's saying it can't do it."

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.