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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Shane Victorino, Allen Craig

By on 8/05/2014 02:00:00 PM

Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will have surgery Tuesday to relieve symptoms of pain and discomfort in his lower back, thereby ending his season. In addition, the Red Sox placed outfielder Allen Craig on the disabled list with soreness in his right foot suffered in his first game with his new team. Here are the latest updates from WEEI's Alex Speier.

Shane Victorino

Speier reports that Victorino chose to have the surgery after visiting with Dr. Robert Watkins Monday for a second opinion and decided that surgery was the best route for himself.
Victorino had an MRI Friday that revealed enough problems that made the surgery necessary. The Red Sox, though, have not disclosed details, but Victorino should recover in time for Spring Training in 2015.

Victorino played in only 30 games this year due to mainly hamstring and back problems. He hit .268 in those 30 games.

Allen Craig

Speier also announced that the Red Sox have disabled outfielder Allen Craig with a sore right ankle that occurred during Friday night's game with the New York Yankees.
Craig hit the first base bag awkwardly late in the game and turned his ankle as our own Kerry Kauffman reported earlier this week. It was his first game since coming to the Red Sox with Joe Kelly at the trade deadline. Craig hit .237 with 7 HR and 44 RBI in 98 games with the St. Louis Cardinals before the trade. He went 1 for 4 Friday night before injuring his ankle.

Speier notes that Corey Brown will come up from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill in Craig's roster spot. Brown was hitting .226 with 16 HR for Pawtucket.

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