Updates from Saturday, July 19
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier of WEEI have the latest updates on Victorino:
According to a team source, the Red Sox are cautiously optimistic that right fielder Shane Victorino will be ready for activation on Saturday against the Royals. Manager John Farrell told reporters on Friday night that Victorino would be examined at Fenway Park on Saturday to verify that he’s ready to return from the D.L.
Updates from Friday, July 18
Brian MacPherson of The Providence Journal has the latest on Victorino's potential return:
Farrell on Victorino: "There's a scenario which would have him active for us tomorrow."— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) July 18, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 17
Alex Speier of WEEI.com confirms Shane Victorino is still participating in minor league games as he continues his rehab assignment:
Hardball Talk's D.J. Short reports that Victorino "moved his minor league rehab assignment up to Triple-A Pawtucket tonight. Batting second and playing right field, he went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored while playing all nine innings."
Updates from Saturday, July 12
The Red Sox's Portland affiliates reported bad news regarding Victorino:
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald has the latest on Victorino's rehab:
Shane Victorino (back, hamstring) played right field and went 0-for-2 with a walk last night for Single-A Lowell. He is scheduled for at least three at-bats today for Double-A Portland.
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
Brian MacPherson of The Providence Journal reported on Shane Victorino's recovery:
Farrell: "Increased symptoms" in back for Victorino. Rehab pushed back "at minimum" until Thursday. Not expected back pre-All-Star break.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) July 8, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 7
Jason Mastrodonato of The Springfield Republican reported the latest on Shane Victorino's recovery:
Shane Victorino will start another rehab assignment Wednesday in Lowell.— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) July 7, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 2
Shane Victorino had another productive work day on Tuesday, one that leaves the Red Sox hoping their right fielder can restart his Minor League rehab assignment by next week.
"Vic continues to increase his jogging, running and agility work," said manager John Farrell. "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."
Updates from Tuesday, June 1
Joon Lee of WEEI.com has the latest on Victorino:
Victorino, who has hit .242/.276/.352 with one home run, 10 RBIs, five doubles and one triple in 21 games in 2014, said he felt a “click” in his back before pregame, but did not think much of it.
“I thought that it was because I was feeling good and the muscles were relaxing,” Victorino said. “Once in a while, I’ll usually get a click in there where you can hear the disc kind of popping. I felt that, but it was a little different than the normal, but I thought it was OK.”
While Victorino hopes to be back in the majors before the end of the homestand (June 10), the team has not outlined a plan yet for the outfielder to make his return.
“I want it to be sooner than later,” Victorino said. “I think from an aspect of making sure that I’m ready and healthy and ready to play, I have no time table. I’m hoping by the end of the homestand. That’s my goal, as soon as I can. As many games as I can. As we talked about, if it’s one game before the All-Star break or one game before we leave on the homestand or a week from now, I’ll be ready to go. We’re going to let my body dictate that.”
Updates from Friday, June 27
ESPN's Gordon Edes has a discouraging update for Victorino:
Sox have shut off clock on Victorino, Middlebrooks rehab assignments. No baseball activity for either. Real setback— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) June 27, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 26
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald provided the latest on Shane Victorino's rehab:
Stop me if you've heard this before: Shane Victorino has had a setback. Back soreness. No timetable for return #RedSox— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) June 26, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 23
The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports on when Shane Victorino's rehab will continue:
Shane Victorino is scheduled to play in a rehab game for short-season Class A Lowell tomorrow— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) June 23, 2014
Updates from Saturday, June 21
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe has the latest updates on Victorino's rehab:
Updates from Wednesday, June 18
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald has the latest on Victorino:
Outfielder Shane Victorino, scheduled to play seven innings last night for the PawSox, will be off today and then play in three straight, setting up his possible return this coming Sunday or Monday. . . .
Updates from Sunday, June 15
ESPN's Joe McDonald confirms when Shane Victorino will continue his rehab:
Middlebrooks and Victorino are both here today but they will return to Pawtucket on Monday to continue rehab stints.— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) June 15, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 13
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe has the latest on Victorino:
Victorino starts rehab with Pawtucket on Saturday. #redsox— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 13, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
ESPN's Gordon Edes has an update on Victorino's progress:
Middlebrooks to begin rehab assignment Friday in Pawtucket, Victorino sometime this weekend— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) June 11, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 8
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald has the latest on Victorino:
Right fielder Shane Victorino (strained right hamstring) has progressed to taking batting practice and shagging fly balls but likely won’t be ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment until at least the end of the week.
Updates from Wednesday, June 4
Rob Bradford of WEEI passed along the latest in Shane Victorino's recovery from an injured hamstring:
Another important piece of the puzzle, Shane Victorino, just started running, and is (according to a team source) not scheduled to make a rehab outing until after the Red Sox return from their current road trip. That wouldn't be until a week from Thursday.
Updates from Thursday, May 29
The Red Sox are taking their time with bringing Shane Victorino back according to Jen McCaffrey of masslive.com:
Shane Victorino has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain since Saturday and Farrell said the right fielder is still responding to treatment.
"We don’t have a date earmarked with his return to us," said Farrell. "This is the second time he’s been dealing with this injury so we’re going to be a little more cautious with that."
Updates from Saturday, May 24
The Red Sox provide an update on Shane Victorino's status:
#RedSox today placed OF Shane Victorino on 15-day DL with a right hamstring strain. OF Daniel Nava was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 24, 2014
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe initially reported the news:
Workman starts tomorrow. Victorino to DL. Nava recalled. #redsox— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 24, 2014
Shane Victorino may be headed to the disabled list for the second time in 2014 after the Boston Red Sox right fielder left Friday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
He was replaced by Jonny Gomes:
Gomes on to run for Victorino who exits game after visit from head trainer Rick Jameyson. He had reached on bunt attempt, AJ out at 2nd.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 24, 2014
According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Victorino was suffering from right hamstring tightness:
Victorino appeared to aggravate the hamstring while running down to first after executing a bunt attempt with nobody out and A.J. Pierzynski on first base. While the outfielder initially stayed in the game, he ultimately summoned for Red Sox manager John Farrell and trainer Rick Jameyson after walking back into first base on a pickoff attempt.
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe provides more details:
Farrell says Victorino hamstring not as bad as spring training. Will get checked tomorrow. But Farrell said "strain" and that usually is DL— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 24, 2014
That's the same hamstring the 33-year-old injured back in March, which sent him to the 15-day DL.
Victorino hasn't been immune to the Red Sox's struggles this season. He's averaging .253, which is 24 points below his career average and would be the second-worst batting average of his career. Still, he's a much better right field option for Boston than Gomes or Daniel Nava.
Although the 2014 season is barely a quarter of the way through, the Red Sox have already dealt with more than their fair share of injuries. If Victorino were forced to hit the DL, then it would be another cruel twist of the knife for Boston.
More importantly, the Sox could risk falling even farther back in the American League East after slipping to six games back of the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.