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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino

By on 7/02/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Boston Red Sox lost to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday by the score of 2-1. The loss dropped the Red Sox to 38-46, fourth in the American League East. The Red Sox continue to struggle offensively and are 26th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Two starters, who could provide some offensive spark upon their return from the disabled list are Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks. Victorino is improving after a setback and Middlebrooks resumed his rehab assignment at Pawtucket.

Middlebrooks sat out three consecutive games of his Minor League rehab assignment due to swelling in his right index finger. Middlebrooks is on the disabled list with a fracture to that finger. Middlebrooks was back in the lineup on Tuesday for Pawtucket.

Gordon Edes, who covers the Red Sox for, tweeted the following on Middlebrook's rehab start.
He's batting .197 with two home runs and nine RBI in 71 at bats this season. In 190 career games, Middlebrooks has a .248 average with 34 home runs and 112 RBI. 

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on June 26 that Victorino  had a major setback in recovery from a right hamstring strain. Victorino strained his lower back and will now need more time on the disabled list.

Ian Browne of reported that Victorino had a productive day on Tuesday and the Red Sox and manager John Farrell are hopeful that he can begin a Minor League rehab assignment next week.
"Vic continues to increase his jogging, running and agility work. I would hope that sometime next week we could begin another rehab assignment for him in games played. This has been a start and stop situation and we're trying to do everything that we can once we restart it, that it continues on."
Victorino is in his 11th Major League season and second with the Red Sox. He's batting .242 with a home run and 10 RBI, in just 21 games this season. 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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