PHILADELPHIA — Prior to the Phillies 4-3 loss to the Braves, centerfielder Shane Victorino was a late scratch from the lineup.
Victorino, hitting seventh in the lineup originally, was replaced by Jason Pridie, who had a pair of hits including a two-run homer and RBI double that drove in all three of the Phillies runs.
According to a tweet by Rob Parent of the DelCo Times, Victorino threw a temper tantrum because of his spot in the lineup.
Looks like Victorino is ticked and that’s why he’s scratched. Walked into clubhouse, soon saw he was No. 7 in lineup, walked out wordlessly.
— Rob Parent (@ReluctantSE) July 8, 2012
This has been a frustrating year for everyone: fans, front office, coaches and most importantly the fans. But this type of behavior is unacceptable and it’s why Victorino’s name has been linked in various trade talks as the July 31 deadline draws near.
Victorino is having the worst season of his nine-year career, hitting .245 with eight homers, 37 RBIs and a career-low .311 OBP.