Injuries to Victorino, Bourn leave holes in outfield

Posted: August 01, 2007

CHICAGO - Charlie Manuel, sitting on the bench, peered warily to his right. "I keep looking at those dugout steps, afraid somebody is going to fall going up or down them and get hurt," the Phillies manager said.

He was only half-kidding.

The Phillies had been crossing their fingers, hoping that outfielders Shane Victorino (strained right calf) and Michael Bourn (sprained left ankle) wouldn't need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list after each was injured during Monday night's game at Wrigley Field.

They went 0-for-2. Victorino's MRI exam showed a small tear. Bourn's X-rays were negative for a fracture, but he has some ligament and soft tissue damage, according to assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "Since speed is such an important part of both guys' game, we have to make sure that they're well and that they're healthy when they come back," he explained.

Victorino is expected to be ready to return Aug. 15, the first day he's eligible. Bourn might take a few days longer.

"I was expecting the worst," Victorino said. "I thought I might miss the rest of the season, so when I got the results it wasn't as bad as I thought."

Chris Roberson, 27, started in rightfield last night after being recalled from Triple A Ottawa, where he was batting .266 with 43 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 105 games for the Lynx. In his last nine games, he was 12-for-36 (.333). Jayson Werth (strained left wrist), who has been on a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Clearwater, is expected to rejoin the team in time for tonight's game against the Cubs.

For those keeping track, that's four players put on the DL in 5 days. Chase Utley (broken right hand) and Ryan Madson (strained right shoulder) have also been sidelined in the last week.

First things first

When Chase Utley was hurt, Jimmy Rollins moved out of his usual leadoff spot to fill in as the No. 3 hitter and Shane Victorino took over at the top of the order.

When Chase Utley was hurt, Jimmy Rollins moved out of his usual leadoff spot to fill in as the No. 3 hitter and Shane Victorino took over at the top of the order.

Now, with Victorino on the DL, Greg Dobbs batted first last night. "I'm not a burner," Dobbs said. "But I'm not going to change anything, no matter where I'm hitting. I never change my approach. I'm going to work the count and try to put my best swing on the ball, because that's just me."

Without Victorino and Michael Bourn, Charlie Manuel has lost a lot of speed. "That hurts us defensively and as far as getting runners into scoring position," the manager said.

No bull

J.D. Durbin has won his last three starts. When the Phillies got Kyle Lohse on Monday, though, it was pretty obvious whose spot in the rotation was in jeopardy. Sure enough, Charlie Manuel confirmed yesterday that Durbin was being sent to the bullpen.

J.D. Durbin has won his last three starts. When the Phillies got Kyle Lohse on Monday, though, it was pretty obvious whose spot in the rotation was in jeopardy. Sure enough, Charlie Manuel confirmed yesterday that Durbin was being sent to the bullpen.

"Right now, the team needs a more consistent fifth starter and [Lohse] is a guy who is going to give you innings and probably right now a better chance to win than I would," Durbin said philosophically. "I'm out there in the bullpen and the first guy to go in [the rotation] if somebody gets hurt."

Righthander Clay Condrey was outrighted to Ottawa to make room for Lohse on the roster. *

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