PHILADELPHIA -- As champagne-soaked Phillies players bandied from the home clubhouse to the on-field party with fistfuls of excitement to celebrate their 4-3 victory over the Nationals that clinched Philadelphia's National League East title, Shane Victorino lay on the trainer's table, likely staring at his right shin. The center fielder, who earlier this week promised to join the fans in the stands for a celebration, and would likely have been screaming from the top of the dugout, briefly poked his head out at one point, then retreated to the back area. "Shane got kicked in the shin," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We'll know a little more [Sunday]. He did get hurt, kind of like a charley horse. We'll check on him as soon as we get to ballpark."More
Victorino and shortstop Jimmy Rollins converged on a shallow fly ball with one out in the eighth, with Rollins ranging to make the play. As he made the diving stab, Rollins appeared to kick Victorino in the right shin. "We weren't going to let that ball drop," Rollins said. "When the ball came off the bat, I looked at Shane, and I knew he had a long ways to go. Usually an outfielder calls you off, but I didn't hear anything, so I kept going. Good thing we were wearing knee pads, that saved us both." Victorino stayed on the ground for a few minutes, but remained in the game. He singled in the bottom of the eighth and scored from first on Pedro Feliz's RBI double. Victorino appeared to severely favor his right leg while scoring.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less