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:

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP