LOS ANGELES -- Shane Victorino said he is fine, even though he isn't completely fine. He wasn't in the lineup on Thursday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium because he strained his left hip rounding first base in the first inning on Wednesday against the Padres at PETCO Park. Victorino took batting practice before the game and said he could pinch-hit if needed. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Victorino is day-to-day, which is good, because they need bats on the bench. Because the Phillies are carrying 13 pitchers, they have just four players on the bench. On Thursday, that meant Matt Stairs, Greg Dobbs, Chris Coste and Victorino, because Jayson Werth started in center field and Eric Bruntlett started in right field.More
Victorino seems confident the injury will not linger. "That's why I did what I did," he said of leaving the game in the sixth inning on Wednesday. Victorino also said he has had soreness on the right side of his lower back for much of the season. "A little sore, but nothing that I really have to worry about," he said. "I had a problem on the right side. Now all of a sudden my left side." Manuel said he does not regret optioning outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday when the Phillies recalled left-hander Antonio Bastardo. "John has to play," Manuel said. "For him just to sit here and not play -- he needs to be out playing."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less