Shane Victorino did not play in this morning's game in Reading, he will rejoin the Phillies tomorrow in Pittsburgh.
For the first time all season, we could see this lineup (or some variation of): Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Ibanez, Victorino, Brown, Ruiz, Hamels.
All of sudden, we have a real, live baseball team, folks.
The question is who does Victo replace? Todd Zolecki lays out five options. My vote? Place Michael Martinez on waivers.
Martinez is a Rule 5 guy, meaning that if the Phillies waive him and he clears, they would have to offer him back to the Nationals before keeping him. That, along with the fact that Charlie Manuel liked his personality, is the reason why he is on the team in the first place. Here's the problem: He stinks. Martinez can't hit, is an average fielder at best, and, despite having that Jose Reyesque (word? yes, sir) look, he's not that fast. He's here because of the Jheri curl, really. Time to go.
The Phillies could also place Ross Gload, who can't run because of left-hip problem, on the DL for a few weeks. But Gload said DL time won't help the hip.
Either way, scrounge up Coach Bombay… the team is back together.