The Baseball Gods aren’t too subtle, and they hate the Philthies. Less than a week after losing All-Star 2B Chase Utley for the next month, the Phils lost two more key players due to injury Monday night.
In the top of the fourth inning, Shane Victorino came up lame trying to leg out a double play and was taken out of the game with what was diagnosed as a right calf sprain. According to Shane,
“I felt something pop, something ball up,” he said. “I don’t know. I hope it’s not as bad as it could be.”
He was replaced in right field by the speedy Michael Bourn. Then, like some sadistic joke, Victorino’s sub was chasing after an Alfonso Soriano foul ball down the right field line when he tripped over the mound in the Phillies bullpen and rolled his left ankle.
“I rolled it real bad,” he said. “I thought it was broken. Hopefully I’ll just miss a couple days. I don’t think it will be more than a week.”
As of right now, both are listed as day-to-day. Victorino will receive a precautionary MRI today, while Bourn will undergo X-Rays. Of the two, it appears that Bourn’s injury is less serious.
The Phillies still managed to win the game 4-1 behind a strong 8 innings by Cole Hamels, who kept Cubs hitters off balance with his changeup all night and earned his twelfth victory of the year. Now only 3 games back of the division leading Mets, the Phils will look to get their fifth straight win tonight when they send Adam Eaton (9-6, 5.83) to the mound vs. Jason Marquis (7-6, 4.20).
Depending on the severity of these injuries, Pat Gillick might have to consider trading for the Rangers’ Sammy Sosa or the White Sox Jermaine Dye before today’s 4 PM trade deadline if they want to stay in contention for a playoff spot.