Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has had a rocky go of it this year as he’s been plagued by a slew of injuries and setbacks. He began his lastest rehab stint Thursday with the organization’s Single-A affiliate Lowell Spinners.
Victorino went 0-for-2 in the ballgame Friday night and drew a walk. He played seven innings before being substituted from the contest.
The 33-year-old was originally placed on the disabled list back in May with a hamstring injury. He suffered a back injury during his original rehab assignment on June 24. The team later shut him down indefinitely, fearing further activity would only worsen his condition.
Victorino was slated to begin his latest rehab stint on Wednesday, but a flare up in the lower back forced him to sit another day. He went 0-for-2 in Thursday’s game with two strikeouts.
Victorino will particpate in another game this weekend in Lowell and be re-evaluated at that point, according to MLB.com. He’ll play in two additional games with Pawtucket if all goes according to plan.
The Red Sox hope for Victorino to slowly progress toward completing a full nine-inning game with 2-3 plate appearances in each of those games. They want to see him succusfully play in five consecutive games before making a decision on what comes next.
He’s not expected to be activated until after the All-Star break. That of course is dependant upon his health.
Boston is currently amid a three-game winning steak with Brock Holt, Daniel Nava, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley seeing consistent time in the outfield. John Farrell will be forced to juggle his rotation once Victorino makes a return.