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: