Friday, May 17, 2013
Victorino rests back after run-in with wall
By Ben Goessling, Special to ESPNBoston.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second time in a week, Shane Victorino is feeling the effects of an ill-fated run-in with an outfield wall.
Victorino's sore back kept him from playing in Friday's series opener with the Minnesota Twins after he had crashed into the right-field wall on Thursday in Tampa Bay. The incident followed Victorino's running into Fenway Park's right-field wall on Sunday, but after that one, the Red Sox had an off day and Victorino had time to recover.
He didn't have that luxury on Friday, so manager John Farrell kept Victorino out of the lineup to give his back -- which has troubled Victorino on a few occasions this season -- time to heal.
"I want to be smart about it," Victorino said. "The last time, I missed a week."
Victorino did not play for the final week of April because of back troubles, and Farrell was hopeful on Friday that this incident wouldn't lead to a long absence.
"Obviously, he doesn't fear the wall, and he's been banged up the last couple of games," Farrell said. "Hopefully, it's a one-day thing."
Catcher Mike Napoli also was out of Boston's lineup on Friday night; with the team in the middle of a 20-game stretch without a day off, Farrell is juggling his lineup to create time off for some of his regulars.
Meanwhile, catcher David Ross still ailing from post-concussion symptoms.
Ross, who is on the seven-day concussion disabled list, was not ready to join the team in Minnesota and will be reevaluated on Monday in Boston.