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July 6 CSN Philly:
July 6 CSN Philly:
Even though outfielder John Mayberry rejoined the Phillies in time for Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium, manager Charlie Manuel will again be down a man on his bench. This time it’s Shane Victorino who will be absent from the team because he is in Philadelphia where he was expected to see hand specialist Dr. Randall Culp about his swollen thumb. Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Victorino had a Grade I sprain of his thumb. Proefrock added that the team would decide whether another trip to the disabled list was necessary within 48 hours.
July 6 Camden Courier-Post:
More publicity will win Victorino All-Star spot. For Shane Victorino, the “Final Vote” really is the All-Star Game or bust. The Phillies center fielder is competing with four other National League players in the fan vote for the last spot on the All-Star team. Voting ends Thursday. So, we were thinking of how Victorino could be pushed over the top. You know, how the Flying Hawaiian could get some extra notice — a little lift. For people to look twice at him when passing his name on the ballot. For something to really make their eyes pop when they see his name.
July 6 SI.com:
Of course the Mets will make an offer to retain Jose Reyes. They can’t afford to look like they aren’t trying. The big question is whether they can be competitive for him. One competing GM said of Reyes, “He will get more than Carl Crawford.” As we know, Mets owner Fred Wilpon opined earlier that Reyes wouldn’t get the $142 million Crawford got from the Red Sox last winter, so it would look funny for the Mets to offer it. One interesting scenario would be for the Phillies to go after Reyes this winter. If the Phillies have a weakness, it’s their inconsistent offense. And they have Raul Ibañez, Brad Lidge and potentially incumbent shortstop Jimmy Rollins coming off the books.
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