It's probably not a good sign for the struggling Phillies offense that the player who entered the weekend looking to tie a career-high hit streak hasn't played since the streak ended and that his return is unknown. But that's where the Phillies are with center fielder Shane Victorino.
Victorino, whose 15-game hit streak was snapped on Saturday, sat out his third straight game Tuesday night because of a right hamstring injury. The Phillies will re-evaluate the injury when they return home from a nine-day road trip on Wednesday.
"He's progressing, but we're going to be cautious with him," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We don't want him to injure it any further."
When asked if he'd be able to play Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, the Phillies' first home game since April 8, Victorino was pessimistic.
"Tomorrow is going to be tough," Victorino said before Tuesday's game.
Amaro clarified Victorino's status later in the afternoon: "He probably won't play for the next couple of days."
The Phillies offense can't afford for Victorino to be out much longer. He's hitting .284, second highest on the team. The Phils have scored a total of seven runs on their current four-game losing streak. They haven't had more than five hits in a game during that span.
"We've got some guys out there and maybe they want it a little bit too bad," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We've got about five guys there that mostly they're trying to get a niche in the big leagues. We're just not ... it's pretty tough right now for us."
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