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Monday, April 14, 2014

Red Sox Injury Updates: Koji Uehara, Shane Victorino

By on 4/14/2014 11:45:00 AM

The big injury concern in Boston right now is Dustin Pedroia & his injured wrist.  Take a read of that current situation right here.  The Red Sox have concerns around their closer Koji Uehara & outfielder Shane Victorino as well.  Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe gives us the update on both.

Koji Uehara
Uehara has been unavailable to the Red Sox since Thursday while he's been battling shoulder soreness.  The closer last pitched on Wednesday when he pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the save against the Texas Rangers.  From Pete Abraham:
"Uehara threw for 10 minutes at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon and was pain free. He, too, returned to Boston and will be examined on Monday. But the Red Sox expected Uehara to rejoin the team in Chicago for Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox."
Uehara has been a dominant force for the Red Sox.  He picked up 21 saves last season and racked up 101 strikeouts in his 74.1 innings of work.  So far this season, he's pitched five shutout innings, picking up two saves & striking out seven while allowing just three hits and no walks.  While he's been sidelined, Edward Mujica has filled in, picking up the save on Friday against the Yankees.

Shane Victorino
Victorino has been out since the start of the season.  He's been hampered with a sore hamstring but seems to be inching closer to a return.  Pete Abraham reports:
"Right fielder Shane Victorino took a step forward in his return from the disabled list. Victorino, out all season with a strained right hamstring, ran the bases, played catch and took batting practice before the game.  He will be in Boston on Monday to work with physical therapist Dan Dyrek in anticipation of starting a rehabilitation assignment with Double A Portland on Tuesday."
Victorino could essentially be ready for action by the weekend if everything goes well.  The Red Sox have used a trio of players in right field during his absence.  Jackie Bradley Jr, Jonny Gomes & Daniel Nava.  The right fielder position has hit .231 with two home runs & six RBI.  The majority of the action has gone to Nava though, who has accounted for for 67% of the at-bats and only hit .143.

Stay tuned to Sports Injury Alert for future updates on their condition.

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