Veteran outfielder Shane Victorino underwent successful back surgery on Tuesday, announced the Boston Red Sox. Victorino traveled to Los Angeles for the procedure. He will not return to the field this season. The club expects him to be ready for the start of Spring Training next season.
Victorino’s lumbar discectomy went according to plan without any complications. Two bulging discs in his lower back required immediate attention. His rehabilitation process will be an arduous ordeal, but the surgery was undoubtedly much needed.
The 33-year-old served numerous stints on the disabled list over the course of this season. Victorino’s back seemed to be always hindering a return to action. He was also plagued by hamstring ailments which can be connected to the back issues.
Manager John Farrell spoke of Victorino’s injury saying, “Low back and hamstrings are always going to be interrelated.”
Victorino appeared in just 30 games for the Red Sox this season. He hit .268 with 2 homers and 12 RBIs. His production was sorely missed, as Boston’s outfielders struggled at the dish in his absence. He hit .294 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs during their World Series run in 2013.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Victorino. The arrival of Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig, coupled with the emergence of Mookie Betts and Jack Bradley, it’s unclear as to where Victorino will factor in come next spring. He’s one of the better defensive outfielders in the game and plays right field at Fenway Park very well. General Manager Ben Cherrington has some work to do in regards to the outfield depth.
Victorino is signed through next season and is set to earn $13 million.