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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Shane Victorino has sprained thumb

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MIAMI -- Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino has a grade 1 sprain of his right thumb, and assistant general manager Scott Proefrock didn't rule out the possibility of placing him on the disabled list.

Victorino returned Tuesday to Philadelphia, where the injury was diagnosed by a hand specialist. A grade 1 sprain is the least severe.

"He's feeling better," Proefrock said of the injury that will sideline him for at least one more game. "We will make a decision on what our course of action will be with him in the next 48 hours."

Victorino was hurt Sunday when he stumbled and fell making a throw in Toronto.

"He can't grip the ball, and it's hard to grip the bat," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Victorino was replaced in the starting lineup by Michael Martinez, who has four RBIs in the past two games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.