07/06/11 7:10 PM ET
Victorino in Final Vote lead; DL unlikely for now
On verge of becoming All-Star, outfielder out with thumb sprain
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
That does not mean it will not happen, but the Phillies essentially made a move for Victorino on Monday when they optioned right-hander Vance Worley to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalled outfielder John Mayberry Jr., leaving them with 13 healthy position players.
Victorino, who maintained his lead in the Final Vote for the final spot on the National League All-Star team Wednesday, will be evaluated again Thursday or Friday. If he is unable to play this weekend against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies could wait until next week during or just after the All-Star break to place him on the disabled list, because they can backdate it 10 days.
"I don't see him playing for a few days," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "I don't know."
Asked if he could afford to be patient with Victorino, considering they have Mayberry with the team and the All-Star break coming up, Manuel got impatient.
"We can't afford to be patient with nobody," the manager said. "We come to the ballpark and talk about winning every day. Why wouldn't we want all of our players? I can't understand that. Yeah, I want him to get well, and he doesn't have to play until he gets well. If he goes to the All-Star Game, I'm happy for him. And that's good. But that's kind of how I look at it. I didn't sign on to this job to make things easy. I signed on to win."
The 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint gives fans the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's All-Star Selection Show and continues until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Mobile voting in the U.S. and Canada is open to everyone. In the U.S., to receive the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 89269 (Example: Text "N5" to vote for Victorino). In Canada, fans should text their choices to 65246. Standard message and data rates may apply.
Fans also will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
There will be an extra opportunity for fans who participate in the Final Vote. If you are not a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you are eligible to receive a 10-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 9-19. If you are a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you will receive a 15 percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on Friday to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.