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Shane Victorino needs season-ending back surgery

Aug 5, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has missed all but 30 games this season with hamstring and back injuries, and the team just announced that he’ll undergo season-ending lower back surgery.

Victorino was very good in the first season of a three-year, $39 million contract, hitting .294 with 15 homers, 21 steals, and an .803 OPS in 122 games as the Red Sox won the World Series, but he’ll end up missing 132 of 162 games this season and will enter next year as a big question mark at age 34.

His uncertain status for 2015 no doubt played a part in the Red Sox acquiring Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig at the trade deadline, and with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts also around (plus Brock Holt and Daniel Nava) it’s unclear how Victorino would fit into their outfield plans. Victorino is under contract for $13 million next season.

  1. sidelineshot - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Bummer … he was the sparkplug last year.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    This was the risk with this guy. Just way easier to take when you walk away with a Championship in at least one of the three years.

  3. 76ersdoubletank - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    And to think all we heard last year was that the Phillies should have brought him back. Imagine having his 13 million on the books next year with that rest of that mess.

  4. aceshigh11 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Worth it just for the ALCS grand slam.

  5. edelmanfanclub - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Fantastic last year, would have helped this year. But just hoping he gets healthy and mans RF next year rather than just dumping him for 1 cent on the dollar. Big question mark healthy wise, but big gamer. My fave Sox player rn

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