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Shane Victorino is finally close to rejoining the Red Sox

Jul 17, 2014, 10:22 PM EST

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Shane Victorino landed on the disabled list in May after he aggravated a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback in June due to a back issue, but he’s finally close to rejoining the Red Sox.

After playing three games with Class A Lowell over the past week, Victorino moved his minor league rehab assignment up to Triple-A Pawtucket tonight. Batting second and playing right field, he went 2-for-4 with two singles and two runs scored while playing all nine innings. Red Sox manager John Farrell told Steven Patrella of MLB.com earlier this evening wants him to play back-to-back games before being activated, so it’s feasible that he could make his long-awaited return this weekend if all goes well.

“Ideally, we see him play back-to-back games before we would activate him,” Farrell said Thursday. “So how he comes through tonight has a lot of bearing on that. And ideally he’s back in the lineup tomorrow.”

After being an important part of Boston’s World Series run last year, Victorino has only appeared in 21 games this season while batting just .242/.276/.352 over 99 plate appearances.

  1. sabatimus - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    From tonight’s PawSox game it looks like he’s closer to limping his way back to the parent team for a few games and then going on the DL again.

  2. drewsylvania - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Why bother bringing him back up, when to do so you have to send Betts down?

    • dan1111 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:29 AM

      This team is currently carrying four outfielders with OPS+ of 73, 80, 82, and 90. Surely they can somehow squeeze Victorino into that talent logjam.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Touche, but I don’t think they can send down Nava or Gomes, and they won’t want to send down Bradley. Which leaves Holt (no way), and Betts.

      • dan1111 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        @drew, but what are they going to do with Victorino? Can’t leave him in the minors, so if they won’t bring him up they would have to trade or release him. It would be better to let Nava or Gomes go.

        But they probably will send down Betts. In my mind this is no big deal; he may be the future, but right now he is only 21 and is not exactly tearing up the league.

  3. edelmanfanclub - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Victorno is my favorite player on the team but not sure where to put him. If he comes back, and Drew isn’t gone soon then either Betts, Bradley or Holt will lose playing time. My hope is Shane takes time to get to 100%, Sox cut ties with Drew and this will allow Betts, Bradley and Holt to play out until SV is ready to go. Then the weakest link of the three in the later part of the season will lose playing time to Shane.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Only problem with this is that only Drew and Bogaerts can play short, and Bogaerts doesn’t do it well.

  4. therealdave123 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    He’ll back for a week or so before the classic “hamstring tweak” happens and has to sit for a few games and then go back to the DL.

  5. 18thstreet - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    I really applaud the guy for fighting his way back. I really expected he’d shut it down several times.

    You know, when he was on the Phillies, I never understood why the fans there seemed to like him so much. I get it now. There are definitely better players in MLB, but Victorino gives everything he has. It’s hard not to appreciate it.

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