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Friday, July 18, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Shane Victorino could return this weekend

By on 7/18/2014 06:00:00 AM

The defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox find themselves with a record of 43-52 and in a nine and a half game hole in the American League East. Although in the middle of the pack in pitching, the offense has struggled, ranked 25th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. The Red Sox could be getting a spark back to the offense, as outfielder Shane Victorino could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported on July 14 that Victorino, who has been out with a strained hamstring and a slipped disk in his back, was expected to continue his rehab and rejoin the Red Sox on Friday.
An update on Victorino, as reported by Steven Petrella of, is that Red Sox manager John Farrell wants to see Victorino play in back-to-back games before being activated from the disabled list.  Victorino could be ready to return this weekend against the Kansas City Royals.

Victorino started for Pawtucket on Thursday night, playing right field and batting second.  Ideally, Victorino is able to play again tonight. If all goes well, he could very well be activated.

Injuries have limited Victorino to just 21 games in his second season with the Red Sox. this season. The 11-year veteran is batting .242 with a home run and 10 RBI.  Last year he batted .294 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. Victorino, a two-time World Series Champion, is a career .276 hitter with 106 home runs, 480 RBI and 224 stolen bases.  

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