Shane Victorino was pulled from last night’s game with tightness in his calf. He said after the game that it was “fine” and that he expected to be ready to go by the next day. Well, the next day is here and he’s not in the starting lineup.
There’s no indication that his injury is any worse than originally thought, he likely just woke up more sore than he went to bed. The injury is thought to have occurred after an outfield collision with Ben Francisco in the 4th inning of last night’s game.
Victorino told reporters that he feels fine and “the plan” is for him to return versus the New York Mets on Tuseday.
Rule 5 draftee Michael Martinez will bat leadoff and play centerfield in Victorino’s place. On the Astros’ injury front, former Phillie J.A Happ has been scratched from his scheduled start today and will be replaced by Bud Norris. Norris will be opposed by Roy Oswalt.