Familiar injury grounds Flyin' Hawaiian

by Michael Egnak on April 12, 2008 @ 11:12:48 PDT


Ken Mandel, of Phillies.MLB.com, reports Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino (calf) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf.

The injury doesn't sound bad, but it's important to remember that this is the same calf that kept him out for nearly a month in 2007. Once he returned, he only played on a limited basis.

Victorino wasn't off to a great start with the team this year, batting just .234 with one steal and four runs scored through 12 games. He has managed one triple on the year, but the rest of his 11 hits have been singles.

With Victorino out, the team likely will rely on outfielders Jayson Werth and So Taguchi to play in center field. The team purchased the contract of outfielder Chris Snelling from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he likely will be used more to keep depth in the team's outfield.

Werth, who started the season in a right field platoon with Geoff Jenkins, is hitting .400 (6-for-15) through seven games with three RBIs. He hasn't had many at-bats, but he is sporting six walks with just two strikeouts so far. Regardless of the impressive plate discipline he is showing, Werth doesn't have too much worth outside of deep NL-only leagues because he doesn't do nearly enough in any particular category.

Taguchi is hitting .250 (2-for-8) with three runs scored and an RBI through nine games this year. Taguchi shouldn't be used in any fantasy league since he doesn't do much to help a fantasy team.

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Michael Egnak is a Hot Off The Wire Analyst at KFFL and has been with the company since 2005. Covering both NFL and MLB, Egnak is also a key contributor to KFFL's fantasy services.

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