This entire season the Phillies have been fighting off injuries left and right, to what seems like no end.
The most damaging injury so far was when Chase Utley had an awkward slide into second and tore a ligament in his right thumb. Without Utley, the Phillies lost one of their key leaders and offensive sparks. Everyone in Philadelphia is eager to see him return the lineup and start to rally the team again.
Shane Victorino has also found a place on the DL after suffering a left-abdominal strain. But in essence this wasn't a total loss, seeing as the Phillies top prospect Dominic Brown was able to start his first game in the majors.
Obviously another major loss is Ryan Howard, who is out with a sprained left ankle and should return soon. And as stated previously the Phillies acquired Mark Sweeney to help ease the lack of Howard in the lineup.
On another minor injury note, Raul Ibanez is on the day-to-day, with a stiff left wrist. So that makes two Phill's outfielders that are currently not playing, but once again, this gives Dom Brown a chance to start and show Philadelphia that he is the man for the job.