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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Shane Victorino taken out as a precaution

By on 7/31/2014 10:00:00 AM

Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Wednesday night's game in the fifth inning as a precaution against aggravating the hamstring that has limited him to just 30 games this season. Daniel Nava pinch hit for him in the fifth after manager John Farrell noticed him moving more slowly after his last at bat.'s Ian Browne reported Wednesday night that Farrell noticed his right fielder moving much more gingerly following his second at bat against the Blue Jays.

Browne quoted Farrell discussing his decision to remove Victorino from the game. Said Farrell,
"He started, after his final at-bat, when he went out and played the next inning in right field, you could tell that there was a little bit of change in his gait. He wanted to continue on, but given what he's come through, took it out of his hands just to be extra cautious."
Victorino has played in only 30 games this year because of two DL stints stemming from a strained right hamstring, one of the reasons for the team's struggles. In those 30 games, he is hitting .268 with 2 HR and 12 RBI. He was a tremendous asset in the Red Sox' 2013 World Series championship when he hit .294 with 15 HR, 61 RBI, 21 SB, and 82 R in 122 games as the main lead-off hitter.

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