The Boston Red Sox activated veteran outfielder Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list Saturday. Manager John Farrell immediately plugged him into the lineup. He’ll start in right field and bat sixth against the Kansas City Royals.
Boston demoted outfielder Mookie Betts to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to free up a spot on the 25-man roster for Victorino.
Betts hit .235 in 10 games with the Red Sox. He clubbed one dinger and tallied two RBIs.
Victorino was placed on the DL back on May 24 with a right hamstring injury. He has played in just 21 games for Boston this season. He also opened the season on the DL with the same hamstring issue. The 33-year-old is hitting .242 with one homer and 10 RBIs.
Victorino capped off his rehab stint Friday night in Pawtucket after suffering leg and back setbacks along the road to recovery.
His return instantly brings improved defensive play to the outfield. Victorino will provide Boston with added speed in both the offensive and defensive departments as well.
“Vic’s defense in right field has been well documented on how well he plays it, the energy he brings,” said Farrell of Victorino. “We’ve gotten a very good player back to us.”
Despite his return, the Red Sox still have a great deal of ground to make up. Victorino won’t carry the team back into contention, but he’ll certainly help.
“I’m going to try and be as good as I can be and help this team win,” said Victorino on his return to the club.