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Shane Victorino’s rehab has hit another snag

Jun 25, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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Some disappointing news here for the Red Sox.

According to beat writer Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, outfielder Shane Victorino — who had been aiming to return from the disabled list this Friday night — has hit a setback in his rehabilitation from hamstring and back ailments and there is no longer a timetable for his activation. It’s lingering back soreness that is stalling his progress this time around. It was general stiffness that caused him to be scratched from a game at Triple-A Pawtucket last week.

Victorino has been out since May 24 and could now be out through the All-Star break. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston suspects that the Red Sox might soon turn to prospect Mookie Betts, who is batting .321/.402/.457 at Triple-A Pawtucket and making swift progress in his transition from second base to center field.

  1. drewzducks - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Much like the Sox’ season, the Flyin’ Hawaiian’s rehab has flatlined.

  2. miguelcairo - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Mookie is the real deal.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      Mookie Wilson was the real deal. Just ask Bill Buckner.

  3. patriottony - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    You know what I don’t get (GRANTED I’m not a PRo Athlete), is in a non contact sport with a LONG off season (4 months oct-Feb), how do 30 something guys “break down”,,stiff back,,my hammy feels tight,,,yada yada yada. I watch at games,,and it seems like their warm ups/stretching are the same as some old folks home…nothing tooooo bizzare,, explain please?

    • carpi2 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      I believe backs and hammies are a recurrent problem with MLB batter by virtue of the amount of force those guys produce while swinging. At some point their backs plain-old degenerate, producing these lingering problems.

      Could Victorino play through the discomfort? Of course he can. However, baseball is a sport of such fine tuned timing, that a stiff back would render Victorino to mediocre stats at best. The Sox are better served to have a healthy bat in the lineup, while he gets his timing down.

  4. 18thstreet - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    This is why I didn’t like the contract at the time it was signed. (Please keep reading. Still here? Good.)

    I mean, it all worked out, but I was really worried the guy wouldn’t age well. The contract was worth it (flags fly forever, plus he was amazing last year), but Shane is entering albatross contract territory.

  5. comanchepilot - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Someone has to take up the mantel of “fragile Sox outfielder . . . ”

    After all Ells is gone.

  6. theskinsman - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Too bad, but the Sox season has been the complete reverse of last season. Can’t catch a break. Bring up the kids and see who looks good!

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