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Red Sox activate Shane Victorino from disabled list; option Mookie Betts to Triple-A

Jul 19, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

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Shane Victorino has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and will bat sixth and play right field in his return tonight against the Royals. The Red Sox have optioned Mookie Betts back to Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding roster move.

Victorino hasn’t played in the majors since he aggravated a right hamstring strain on May 23. The 33-year-old had multiple setbacks during his rehab, including an issue with his back, but he played three games with Class A Lowell prior to the All-Star break and back-to-back games with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday and Friday. Limited to just 21 games this season, Victorino is batting just .242/.276/.352 with one home run, 10 RBI, and two stolen bases.

Betts is the odd-man out now that Victorino is healthy. The 21-year-old batted .235 (8-for-34) with one home run and two doubles in his first taste of the majors and is better off playing everyday in Triple-A for now. He doesn’t figure to be down in the minors for long, especially if the Red Sox move players like Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

  1. drewsylvania - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Yuck. Trade Nava and or Gomes now and bring Betts back up.

  2. miguelcairo - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    This is a simply a downgrade.

  3. irishfootball55 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Dumb move Betts is a spark plug keep him up

  4. mantastic54 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I don’t see anyone trading anything of worth for Drew and his 167 average when they could have just signed him 2 months ago

    • sergioxjacques - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Red Sox signed him before the draft. No other teams wanted to forfeit a draft pick for Drew so they were waiting it out until the draft was over. At the time the Red Sox signed him they were the only team that could have signed him without giving anything up.

  5. chrisernst82 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Probably gonna try to prop up Victorinos trade value.

  6. bronco58lb - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Being 8 1/2 games out, the Red Sox are in a situation where play the kids benefits their franchise.

  7. irishlad19 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Victorino may be back on the DL soon.
    If not, and he hits and fields to his track record then he is a step up. If not then Betts needs to be brought back.
    Cherington has some interesting decisions to make in the next ten days.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      I like Victorino an all,but I just figure he will be back on the DL by the 6th inning.

      I would probably have Mookie just stay at the Hyatt in town for a night.

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