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X-rays negative on Victorino's finger

X-rays negative on Victorino's finger

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino said he is OK after a pitch hit him on his right index finger in the first inning Monday in Game 5 of the World Series.

Yankees left-hander A.J. Burnett hit him with a 93-mph fastball when he squared to bunt. Victorino said Burnett apologized, and added that it wasn't retaliation for the Phillies hitting Alex Rodriguez with pitches three times this series.

Victorino stayed in the game, but he took X-rays a short time later.

Victorino and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said X-rays were negative and he had a bruise. Ben Francisco replaced Victorino in the field in the eighth inning because Victorino said he had increased swelling in the finger as the game wore on.

He said he could throw, but he struggled to hold the bat.

"Hitting was a little difficult," he said. "I couldn't find my grip. But I don't want to make any excuses for me stinking it up."

Victorino, who was 0-for-3 with a run scored, expects to be in the lineup Wednesday in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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