Shane Victorino Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Hamstring and Return

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Shane Victorino Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Hamstring and Return
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Updates from Thursday, April 24

Ian Browne of MLB.com has the latest on Victorino:

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

The Red Sox have updated Shane Victorino's status via the team's Twitter account:

Ian Browne of MLB.com provided the results of Victorino's outing on Tuesday night:

Updates from Saturday, April 18

Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal has the latest on Victorino:

Updates from Thursday, April 17

Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald provides an encouraging update on Shane Victorino:

Matt Synder of CBS Sports added: "Rehab assignments are permitted to last up to 30 days, but the club has told reporters that Victorino might return to the Red Sox next Thursday."

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The Boston Red Sox placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list just hours before their season-opening game against the Baltimore Orioles due to a strained hamstring, the team announced.

As noted by the MLB Roster Moves Twitter feed, the move is retroactive to Sunday. Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will replace Victorino on the 25-man roster:

Manager John Farrell updated Victorino's status via the team's Twitter account:

Victorino, 33, was slated to be the team's starting right fielder on Opening Day. According to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes, he was scheduled to undergo extensive testing Monday morning to assess the severity of his injury. Victorino was injured in the club's final spring training game on Saturday after coming up gimpy while running the bases on a third-inning double.    

While he initially stayed in the game, Victorino was pulled the following inning. He traveled with the Red Sox to Baltimore, but left for Boston on Sunday and will likely stay there as trainers try getting him back as soon as possible. Because the move is retroactive March 30, he would be eligible to return for the Red Sox's series in Chicago against the White Sox beginning April 15. 

The absence, at least for now, isn't expected to be extended. Nonetheless, Farrell noted the difficulty of playing without Victorino to start the season, per Edes:  

You've got to remain aware that you might have to change on the fly. But when he's on the field, you've seen we're talking about a Gold Glove outfielder in right field. Whatever the number of games played, that'll play itself out. If he's not available to us, we'll certainly miss him.

Victorino, in the second year of a three-year, $39 million contract, isn't without injury problems in the past. He missed 40 games with myriad ailments last season, his third time missing at least 30 games during his full-time MLB career. Despite the sporadic appearances, Victorino managed to have perhaps his best all-around season.

The Hawaii native batted .294/.351/.451 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. Farrell's decision to keep him mostly in right field allowed him to turn in a stellar defensive season as well, winning his first Gold Glove award since 2010. Victorino had played a majority of his big league career with the Philadelphia Phillies, who preferred him to patrol center field.

Because of his defensive uptick, Victorino's 5.6 wins above replacement tied a career high, per FanGraphs. His postseason run was littered with fits and starts, but Victorino came through when the Red Sox needed him most, knocking in four runs in their World Series-deciding victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Bradley and Jonny Gomes will likely receive the biggest playing-time boosts in the interim. This could also increase the responsibility foisted on Grady Sizemore, whose playing time is expected to be limited as he continues his return from a full two-season absence.

 

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