Bulldozer Rampage Over Fence, Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino left today's spring training game against the Boston Red Sox in the top of the fifth inning after colliding with leftfielder Raul Ibanez. The incident happened when both outfielders converged on a ball hit into the gap by Red Sox third baseman Nate Spears. Ibanez appeared to make contact with Victorino's head on the play. Spears ended up on third base with a triple.
After a couple of minutes, Victorino left the field under his own
power and was removed from the contest as a precautionary measure.
Victorino spoke with the media after the Phillies' 4-1 win over
Boston this afternoon and told them he felt fine and would have remained
in the game had it not been spring training. The outfielder said he
made contact with Ibanez's shoulder, and abrasions on his eye and cheek
were likely scratches from sunglasses.
Victorino was not experiencing any headaches, but acknowledged that he would likely be put through concussion tests Tuesday.
When Victorino left the field, third baseman Josh Barfield moved to centerfield and Wilson Valdez entered the game at the hot corner and will hit in Victorino's leadoff spot.