May 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (18) catches a fly ball in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Victorino suffers setback amid rehab stint


The Boston Red Sox were banking on having outfielder Shane Victorino rejoin the club in New York for this weekend’s set opposite the Yankees. They’ll have to keep waiting after Victorino suffered a “setback” in his road back to the bigs during a Triple-A game, according to manager John Farrell.

Following Tuesday night’s game in Pawtucket, Victorino complained of lower back soreness. He was diagnosed with a lower back strain. His return has been put on hold and further rehabilitation will likely be required. Neither Farrell, nor the Red Sox have issued a timetable on a potential return.

Victorino has been absent from the Boston lineup since May 23. After serving as a vital member of the championship team last season, Victorino has played in just 21 games this season. A right hamstring injury has limited him. He appeared in just five rehab games prior to suffering this most recent back injury.

Aside from Brock Holt, the Boston outfield has struggled to produce. With Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes and Jackie Bradley scuffling at the dish, Victorino’s return would have been a welcomed breath of fresh air.

Mookie Betts is having great success at the Triple-A level. If Victorino is forced to miss even more time, Betts’ Major League debut may be right around the corner. Fans and coaches alike have been raving about the youngster’s play.

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