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Shane Victorino to resume minor league rehab assignment Wednesday

Jul 7, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was shut down from a minor league rehab assignment two weeks ago due an issue with his lower back, but he’s on the verge of returning to game action.

Victorino has made progress in recent days following an epidural and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe passes along word that he’s scheduled to resume a minor league assignment Wednesday with Class A Lowell. There’s a chance he could rejoin the Red Sox after the All-Star break if all goes well.

Victorino was originally placed on the disabled list on May 24 after he aggravated a right hamstring strain that gave him a late start on the season. The 33-year-old is batting just .242/.276/.352 with one home run, 10 RBI, and two stolen bases over 21 games this year.

  1. pisano - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Who cares?

  2. theRed - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:09 AM

    The 2013 Red Sox had success because they had one of the best 1-2 tandems in Ells/Victorino. You can find equivalent lineups with Lofton/Vizquel or Damon/Jeter, but that ability to have hitters who can hit in their order + hit in other spots in the order (Vic and Ells have both batted 3rd) it made the team very formidable.

    Without either, the Red Sox’s role players inefficiencies showed, and Petey and Ortiz can’t make up for it even if they put up their best seasons. Wouldn’t have been as bad without Ellsbury if we still had Victorino on the field. But when your OF is Nava, Holt, and Bradley and your left-side is Bogaerts, you’re not going to hit. And Mookie Betts isn’t going to save it.

    If they decide to make a run, it will be based on Victorino’s health. Without him, the lineup is screwed. He isn’t our best player, but he can solidify himself in the lineup and make it so much better. Whether it is leading off or hitting in the 2 or 5 spot.

    Wish more people realized how important he is to the lineup, and how any playoff run is depended on whether he comes back. Bigger news than most of Sox nation realizes.

  3. paulbdotcom - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Does it really matter?

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