The Phillies received more bad news on the injury front today as Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn, valuable and similar assets to the team's offense and defense, will both go on the shelf.
Transactions: This is a major setback for the surging Phillies. According to the Inquirer, Victorino should return on time after suffering a slight tear in his right calf muscle, while Bourn could take longer with a low ankle sprain.
The injuries will force the outfield into a ragtag state of affairs. The Phillies have recalled catch-and-throw outfielder Chris Roberson and have also activated Jayson Werth from the disabled list, neither of whom really belong on a Major League roster. Werth had been out since June 29 with a wrist injury and went just 1-for-10 in his Class-A rehab assignment. Roberson, who will be used as speed and defense off the bench, was having a pedestrian season in Ottawa. These represent two significant downgrades to the bench and lineup since one of them will be forced to start. Hopefully, it's only temporary. I would expect the Phillies to pursue outside waiver alternatives immediately. Given a choice to keep one over the other, I'd keep Roberson because of his speed. I don't know what that says about Werth, but there you go.
The Phillies made another roster move today, waiving Clay "The Ultimate Tweener" Condrey outright in order to make room for Kyle Lohse.
Pitching matchup: Adam Eaton (9-6, 5.83 ERA) and Jason Marquis (7-6, 4.20 ERA). Eaton tries for his 10th win. Game time is 8:05 p.m. ET.