Farrell: Victorino removed as precaution

BOSTON -- Following Wednesday night's 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Red Sox manager John Farrell explained his decision to pinch-hit Daniel Nava for Shane Victorino in the fifth inning.

"After [Victorino's] final at-bat, when he went out and played the [fourth] inning in right field you could tell that there was a little bit of change in his gait," Farrell said. "He wanted to continue on but given what he's come through, took it out of his hand just to be extra cautious."

Nava popped out in the pinch-hit appearance.

Since Victorino was activated off the disabled list on July 19, Farrell has been cautious, managing Victorino's playing time. He missed 49 games with hamstring and back injuries. Victorino sat out Monday's series opener against Toronto and has yet to play more than four days in a row.