04/29/08 7:40 PM ET
Victorino activated from disabled list
Four outfielder platoon should start within next few games
By Andy Jasner / Special to MLB.com
Victorino played in five rehab games at three different levels and hit .375 (6-for-16) with an RBI and two walks. During the stint, he felt no discomfort in his strained right calf.
"I feel great," Victorino said. "My body feels good."
To make room for Victorino, the Phillies optioned T.J. Bohn to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
While the news of Victorino's return was positive, he arrived at Citizens Bank Park to learn that he wasn't in the starting lineup. The hot-hitting Jayson Werth remained in center field and the leadoff spot.
"Anybody would be mad. Wouldn't you?" Victorino said. "But the team has been playing great. I haven't lost my job. I got hurt. I'm not worried."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reiterated the same point he originally made in Spring Training. All four outfielders -- Victorino, Werth, Geoff Jenkins and Pat Burrell -- would contribute with a platoon in place in center and right.
"I said in Spring Training and I said before the season started that we had four outfielders that we'll find playing time for," Manuel said. "The last two months of the season, Werth showed his value to the team and how he can play. The guy is playing good. It's pretty hard to sit him on the bench. At least he should get to play the run out."
Victorino was hitting .234 (11-for-47) with one stolen base in 12 games. Whether it's in center field or right field, he simply wants to get back on the field to help the Phillies win.
"It doesn't matter to me," Victorino said of which outfield position he would prefer. "I still haven't felt like I lost my job. I got hurt."
If Manuel has to plug Victorino in right and keep Werth in center, it would be just fine with the skipper.
"Victorino is a tremendous right fielder," Manuel said. "I think he makes right field look short. He catches every one of those foul balls. ... He's so fast getting back to the fence. He's a tremendous right fielder. He's a good center fielder. But he can play right field real good. I might play him some in right. I don't know yet. It's a good problem to have."
Andy Jasner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.