Phillies M*A*S*H Report

There are a number of players on the shelf and we've got updates on how they're progressing. From Jimmy Rollins to Kris Benson and others, there are a number of key injuries throughout the organization.

Shane Victorino (strained right calf) - The Phillies starting center fielder (at least he was when before he got hurt) completed a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He finished the assignment with a 2-for-4 day and will be activated sometime prior to Tuesday's game against San Diego.

Jimmy Rollins (sprained left ankle) - He'll rejoin the team this week after spending a few days in Clearwater working out and taking batting practice. He came out of Clearwater without any further problems and should start a rehab assignment this week. There is still some hope that he can be activated May 5 when he's eligible to come off the DL.

Chris Snelling (left knee inflammation) - The Phillies had him undergo an MRI on Saturday because he's not seeing any improvement in his knee. This is the same knee that has caused him problems throughout his career and in the past, they were never able to find any definitive cure for the ailing knee, so it's completely up in the air where Snelling is concerned.

Kris Benson (right rotator cuff/strained groin) - The good news is that he was throwing pretty well after his rotator cuff surgery, but suffered a strained groin Saturday in an extended spring training game. He's not likely to be back on a mound for about two weeks, putting him behind schedule.

Scott Mathieson (Tommy John surgery) - There appears to be something wrong with Mathieson's elbow, but nothing has been found. Mathieson is headed for an appointment with Dr. James Andrews to get yet another opinion (his third) on his elbow. After the Tommy John surgery (TJS), Mathieson had surgery to remove scar tissue in the elbow, but is still experiencing some discomfort and wants another opinion. It could be that the discomfort is just the usual discomfort associated with recovering from TJS, but Mathieson and the Phillies want to be sure.

Mike Zagurski (torn ulnar collateral ligament/Tommy John surgery) - Zagurski hasn't pitched since last season and was diagnosed with more damage to his elbow during camp and underwent Tommy John surgery April 3. He's definitely lost for the season and likely won't be of much help in the early part of 2009.



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