The injury bug has bitten the top of the Phillies’ lineup. How bad is it? Plus, a look at the Mets’ mounting injuries.
Phillies: Shane Victorino could be ready for a minor league assignment soon. According to trainer Scott Sheridan, the center fielder has mild damage in his right knee and calf. Sheridan is hopeful Victorino will be ready when he’s eligible to return from the disabled list Apr. 29. Jimmy Rollins rolled his ankle a week ago and hasn’t started a game since, but the Phils are hoping he can return to the lineup tonight. [Link]
Mets: Mets GM Omar Minaya told the New York Post that Pedro Martinez will be out until at least the middle of May, and possibly until June, which is about three weeks longer than originally expected. Nelson Figueroa and Claudio Vargas are his immediate replacement options. Moises Alou (hernia) is expected to play in a minor league rehab game by this weekend, according to the Post. Matt Wise (right forearm) is not expected to re-join the team until the end of April. Duaner Sanchez will likely be promoted from triple-A today. No new updates on Orlando Hernandez, who was refitted with a medical boot recently.
Minor notes: A couple of farm hands contributed impressive starts this weekend. Top prospect Carlos Carrasco allowed the two runs on two wind-blown solo homers and five hits total, striking out seven in six innings in a win over Altoona on Sunday. A day earlier, Fabio Castro took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the win. According to the R-Phils Web site, 63 of his 103 pitches went for strikes, fanning nine and walking three "displaying an 88-90 mph fastball and a sweeping curveball that handcuffed right-handed hitters." ... Joe Savery pitched eight scoreless innings against Lakeland Sunday. The 2007 first-rounder has an 0.90 ERA after three starts for Class-A Clearwater.