Vic Should Be Back in Pittsburgh, Who Do You Send Down?

Vic Should Be Back in Pittsburgh, Who Do You Send Down?

Shane Victorino was not in the lineup this morning for the Reading Phillies and all signs point to him returning to the Phils for the weekend set in Pittsburgh. With their starting center fielder back in the fold, what roster move would you make to fit the Hawaiian back on the roster?

You'd think the Phillies would send the hurting Ross Gload to the DL. Gload pinch hit while down in Washington, but was removed after reaching first base because Charlie didn't think he was capable of running the bases. But the team has said that a trip to the DL wouldn't help the type of hip injury he has -- surgery would be the only real solution.

So do you keep a banged up Gload on the bench for those key pinch-hit opportunities in big games towards the end of the season? As Matt Gelb points out, Gload doesn't have an extra-base hit on the year and it's already June.

The other seemingly strange issue is the Phillies penchant for speedy Michael Martinez. The Phillies like his ability to play multiple positions, including the outfield if need be, and his Rule 5 status certainly seems to make him an unlikely candidate. This year's David Herndon.

So who is left? Do the Phillies send down one of their recently hot youngsters in Dom Brown or John Mayberry Jr. It seems the most counter-intuitive, but it just could happen.

Certainly no easy decision coming up to make room for Vic. What would you do?

Here's Shane after yesterday's game talking about how good he feels:

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."