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Shane Victorino nearing rehab assignment

May 30, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

Shane Victorino AP AP

Shane Victorino required a stint on the disabled list earlier this month due to a left hamstring strain, but he’s expected to rejoin the Red Sox as soon as he’s eligible next week.

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Victorino is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment on either Sunday or Monday. Barring any setbacks, he should be activated for Wednesday’s game against the Rangers.

Daniel Nava has seen most of the playing time in right field during Victorino’s absence while Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp have shared left field duties. Jackie Bradley Jr. was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week as a reserve outfielder, but he should head right back down to the minors once Victorino is ready.

Victorino, 32, is batting .283/.343/.362 with two home runs, 10 RBI, and four stolen bases in 34 games this season. He signed a three-year, $39 million deal with Boston over the winter.

  1. neveraboutveracity - May 31, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I was so disappointed to watch the fans at Citizens Bank Park applaud for Victorino when he popped out of the dugout and waived to the crowd on Wednesday. For once in their miserable lives, our fans became sentimental? This guy was such a crybaby when he was here. His last couple of years, he would screw up and get booed, then he would bitch and moan about how the fans were not supportive. He would stomp and snort and deliver a juvenile tirade for the news cameras, and then get abused by the crowd at the next game. Yet now he is some kind of Prodigal Son, getting love from all of the ignorant Neanderthals who belittled him? I just puked on my keyboard…vomit, heave, spew, blow chunder, toss cookies, upchuck.

  2. multiplemiggs - May 31, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    he’s a homo

    • buggieowens - May 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      And yet, he is rich, famous, athletically talented, and on a (currently) first place team. What is your great contribution to society other than getting Cheetos dust encrusted on your Mom’s keyboard in the basement?

  3. quintjs - May 31, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    Who would believe that the quality of comments during the middle of the night isn’t that strong…

  4. psousa1 - May 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Catching most of the sox games I can say Victorino is one helluva defender. He makes right field look easy and Fenway is the toughest RF in baseball.


    The white elephant in the room is when Daniel Nava is playing, batting second (usually Victorino’s spot in the order) they are a better team.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Nava is playing well, no doubt about that. But with Nava in LF and Victorino in RF, they are a much better team no matter who bats 2nd.

      Once the Flyin’ Hawaiian comes back, I’d just as soon see Nava and his grown-man power bat hitting 5th in interleague play and 6th when Napoli and Papi are both playing.

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