|Phillies put Victorino, Bourn on DL|
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|Tuesday, 31 July 2007 13:00|
Victorino and Bourn were put on the 15-day DL Tuesday. Victorino is out because of a strained right calf and Bourn is out with a sprained left ankle.
The moves came less than a week after All-Star second baseman Chase Utley went to the disabled list with a broken hand. Utley is hoping to be back with the team in three weeks.
The Phillies already had six players on the disabled list, including Utley.
Despite the injuries, the Phillies have continued to draw closer to the NL East-leading New York Mets.
``We'll just have to fight through it and keep on going. Hopefully Bourn and Victorino will be back and Chase will be back fairly soon after that,'' Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said.
The Phillies recalled outfielder Chris Roberson from Triple-A Ottawa before Tuesday's game and put him in the starting lineup. Outfielder Jayson Werth will be activated from the disabled list Thursday.
Victorino is batting .284 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs. An MRI exam on Tuesday showed a small tear.
``I expected the worst. When we got the results, it wasn't as bad as we thought it was,'' Victorino said.
Victorino and Bourn were injured in the Phillies' 4-1 win over the Cubs on Monday. Victorino hurt himself trying to beat out a double play in the fourth inning.
Bourn, who replaced Victorino in right field, stumbled over the bullpen mound chasing Alfonso Soriano's foul ball. Bourn stayed in the game, but was taken out in the seventh inning with a left ankle sprain.
X-rays on Bourn's ankle were negative Tuesday, but revealed ligament and soft tissue damage. The reserve outfielder is batting .284 with 18 stolen bases.