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Shane Victorino to get a second opinion on his back; surgery a possibility

Aug 2, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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The Red Sox may not get Shane Victorino back this season. The outfielder has been bothered by back soreness and recently went back on the disabled list. Results of a recent MRI were worse than expected, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, so Victorino will see a doctor in Los Angeles for a second opinion (this, per the Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber). Surgery is a possible outcome.

Victorino, 33, has only accrued 133 plate appearances on the season, mustering a meager .268/.303/.382 line with a pair of home runs and stolen bases, and 12 RBI. He will enter the final year of a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox, earning $13 million in 2015.

The Red Sox outfield has been a bit of a shambles this season, but they plan to use the recently-acquired Yoenis Cespedes in right field going forward, though he’s starting in left field today against the Yankees.

  1. irishlad19 - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Tough season for Victorino, a class act who was a significant contributor to the WS team last year. Let’s hope he heals by next season.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Lots of people seem to be of the opinion that a go-ahead grand slam in an ALCS clincher, among other big plays, is in fact something to sneeze at.

    • chiefwhirlingdervish10 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Why the hell so many thumbs down?

      • chiefwhirlingdervish10 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Why the hell so many thumbs down?

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