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08/25/07 8:15 PM ET
Notes: Victorino given day to rest
Nursing ailing right calf, outfielder out of lineup Saturday
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino's only regret is that his manager saw him limp. As a result, Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel went with Jayson Werth in right field on Saturday night and gave Victorino at least one day to rest his ailing right calf muscle. Victorino, who returned from the disabled list on Wednesday, felt something after an infield single in the eighth inning of Friday's loss to the Padres, and immediately came out of the game. "I was expecting to play [Saturday]," Victorino said. "My body feels like I can play, but as a manager, when you see a kid limping, it goes through your mind that he's not fine. I'm frustrated with myself for putting up a red flag. I have to not let it be seen or put them in a state of panic." No one is panicking, but the Phillies want to be careful with the fiery Victorino, who always plays with total disregard for his well-being. This is a guy who raced down to first base despite his team being down seven runs at the time and a guy who flung himself into the stands in Houston pursuing a foul ball. "[Friday] night, they were like, 'Why was I running so hard on [what looked like a groundout]?'" Victorino said. "I wanted to beat it out. That's just the way I play. That's me. I'm a competitor. I want to play, no matter how I feel. "It's frustrating. I want to play, but I don't want to have a setback. That's what we're worried about. If I had another week, would I'd be that much more healed? That's the decision we're all trying to make in regards to what's happening." Thanks, Tad: With Chase Utley likely to return Monday, Tadahito Iguchi will serve predominantly as a bench player and part-time infielder. Iguchi will work out at shortstop and possibly third base, but likely won't see much time at those spots. "He'll pinch-hit," Manuel said. "He might get to play some against a lefty like [the Marlins'] Dontrelle Willis or if Utley feels he needs a rest. He told me not to worry about his role. He said he'd accept anything." Iguchi has performed well in Utley's stead, hitting .308 in 25 games, with two homers and 10 walks. He also proved to be an effective No. 2 hitter with excellent bat control. "He's a good guy to come off the bench, because he makes contact," Manuel said. Eaton ready: Adam Eaton proclaimed himself ready to return from the disabled list after Friday's rehab start with Double-A Reading. Eaton threw 38 pitches in a two-inning outing, and explained that his first-inning struggles were due to some rust from having not pitched. He began that frame by hitting the first batter and giving up singles to the next two. He then retired four of the next five hitters. "It was good to get an extended bullpen session and pitch to hitters again," said Eaton, who will likely be activated on Tuesday and pitch against the Mets that night. Ennis returns: Right-hander John Ennis found his way to a big league clubhouse for the first time in 2004, thanks to the Phillies swapping him for righty Brian Sanches, who was designated for assignment on Saturday. Ennis had been used as a reliever and a starter with Triple-A Ottawa, and becomes the Phillies' long man out of the bullpen. "Until it happens, you expect it to happen, then when it happens, you can't believe it," Ennis said. "It's such a privilege to be back." Giles not in forgiving mood: Padres second baseman Marcus Giles was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a left knee sprain, a result of his collision with Carlos Ruiz. Giles said Ruiz's right hip and forearm hit his knee during Ruiz's takeout slide in the fourth inning on Friday night, sparking a bench-clearing discussion and creating bad blood in both clubhouses. Ruiz admitting he did slide high did little to make Giles feel better. "That doesn't make a difference," Giles said. "It's not that hard of a play to slide. You have plenty of time to take me out. You could've taken me out with a hard slide, because the ball was hit so slow that he had plenty of time to get on top of me. There's no excuse for it." Coming up: Kyle Kendrick, who opposes the Padres' Tim Stauffer in Sunday's 1:35 p.m. ET series finale, survived a two-run first inning on Tuesday and lasted 6 2/3 innings to beat the Dodgers. It's been that way all season for the rookie without lightning stuff, but with a knack at getting the opposition to hit the ball at his defenders. His poise is a big asset, as the righty is rarely rattled.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.