PITTSBURGH -- The Phillies optioned John Mayberry to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday to make room for outfielder Shane Victorino, who was activated from the disabled list.
Mayberry had started the previous 13 games but is hitting only .231 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 104 at-bats this season. Manager Charlie Manuel said the organization wanted to get the 27-year-old former first-round draft pick more playing time to aid in his development.
The activation of Victorino, who had been out since May 19 with a right hamstring sprain, had been expected. His return to the active roster gives the first-place Phillies their top lineup for the first time this season.