Victorino, Bourn exit game with injuries
Right fielders both get injured within innings of one another
CHICAGO -- Not another one.Or two. Within days of losing Chase Utley and Ryan Madson for an extended stretch, the Phillies were dealt two potential right hooks, when outfielders Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn left Monday's game with injuries. Victorino went down first with a right calf strain, suffered while grounding into a double play to end the fourth inning. He began hobbling shortly after leaving the batters' box, and painfully ran to first base. He limped back to the dugout and was replaced by Michael Bourn. Victorino will have a precautionary MRI on Tuesday on his right calf. "I'm just hoping it's not as bad as it could be," Victorino said. "I felt something pop and well up as I was running to first." The ice help? "I was surprised when I started walking on it after icing," he said. "I feel all right." With two outs in the fifth, Bourn pursued a foul ball from Alfonso Soriano, and stumbled a step from the uneven field before the visitor's bullpens, which at Wrigley Field are in foul territory along the base lines. Bourn's right leg gave first, then his left slipped out from under him as he tried to regain his balance on the bullpen mound. He landed on his belly as the ball bounced in front of him. He stayed on the ground for several minutes, before returning to his postion. After making the final two putouts in the sixth inning, he was pinch-hit for by Greg Dobbs, who then stayed in the game in right field. Bourn left the game with a left ankle sprain. He will have a precautionary X-ray on Tuesday. He said he felt much better after the game, and didn't expect to miss more than a week, at the latest. "I could barely walk [after it happened], but I feel better now," Bourn said. "Hopefully, if I ice it down and get the swelling out, I'll be better." The switch-hitting Victorino has been a spark plug for the Phillies all season, hitting .284 with 11 homers and 32 stolen bases. He recently moved to the leadoff spot to replace Jimmy Rollins, who moved to third to replace Utley. Bourn has been a valuable member of the bench, hitting .284 in 109 at-bats. He's been successful on 18 of 19 stolen-base attempts. He's largely been used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement for Pat Burrell.
On a team that has suffered injuries to Ryan Madson, Tom Gordon, Jon Lieber, Freddy Garcia, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Francisco Rosario, this is just part of it."When Victorino went down, I was like, 'Oh great, here we go,'" Brett Myers said. "Then Bourn hurt himself, and I'm like 'Uncle.' I'm tired of seeing it. I think we're snakebit this year."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.