LOS ANGELES - Shane Victorino did not start the first game of the Phillies' series against the Los Angeles Dodgers last night after leaving Wednesday's game in the sixth inning with what was described as a left-hip strain.

Victorino and manager Charlie Manuel considered him available for pinch-hitting duty, however.

"It's whatever this area is. You can leave it as a hip," Victorino told reporters, suggesting he might have strained his groin as he rounded first on a double the night before against the Padres.

Victorino joined the team for batting practice and considered his rest precautionary.

"That's why I did what I did. I don't want it to be a long time," he said. "It feels a lot better."

Manuel said Victorino's status would be assessed "day to day."

Jayson Werth replaced Victorino in center field and batted third, with Chase Utley batting second.

Myers update. Righthander Brett Myers had successful surgery on his hip yesterday in New York, the team said.

The arthroscopic procedure, performed by surgeon Bryan Kelly, involved "bony spur and labral debridement," the Phillies said in a statement.

Myers, who was 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA, is scheduled to start rehabilitation tomorrow and is expected to begin a long-toss program in about three months.

Bastardo confident. Rookie Antonio Bastardo said he expected to start Sunday against the Dodgers.

Bastardo, 23, gave up only one run in six innings to earn a victory in his major-league debut Tuesday against the Padres. "I feel confident," he said.

Happ comes through. Lefthander J.A. Happ pitched seven shutout innings and improved to 4-0 late Wednesday as the Phillies completed a three-game sweep at San Diego with a 5-1 victory over the Padres.

Ryan Howard hit his 16th home run, a two-run shot in the first inning, and lefthanded reliever J.C. Romero pitched 11/3 innings in his return from a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

Minor standouts. For the third consecutive month, Reading outfielder Michael Taylor was named the player of the month in the Phillies' minor-league system.

The 23-year-old received the same honor last August and in April of this season. Taylor also won the award in April 2008. He hit .330 in 27 games last month.

Bastardo was the pitcher of the month, his third such honor in three seasons. Bastardo, also 23, was 1-2 in four starts at double-A Reading and 1-0 in two starts with triple-A Lehigh Valley.