Sunday, July 7, 2013
Victorino day-to-day with tight hamstring
By Dan Arritt, Special to ESPNBoston.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Boston Red Sox are hoping Shane Victorino's latest hamstring injury won't linger the way the last one did.
Victorino left Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels with tightness in his left hamstring and will be unavailable for Sunday's series finale. He appeared to hobble home after breaking from third base in the sixth inning on a single by Dustin Pedroia. Victorino remained in the game until the ninth, when he was lifted for a pinch hitter.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Victorino felt better after receiving treatment Sunday and is day-to-day. Victorino suffered a similar injury May 20 against the Chicago White Sox and was placed on the 15-day disabled list four days later. He also has missed several games this season with back issues, which Farrell believes is likely “inter-related” to the hamstring issues.
“He doesn’t play the game half-heartedly,” Farrell said. “Right now, he is trying to manage it as best as he can with all the stretching and treatment that he receives.”
Victorino showed his versatility in Saturday’s loss, throwing out J.B. Shuck from right field as Shuck tried to advance from second to third on a fly ball. Victorino then tripled and scored the following inning.
“He’s missed when he’s not on the field,” Farrell said.
Mike Carp will replace Victorino in the starting lineup, playing left field while Daniel Nava moves to right and bats in Victorino's spot in the order (second). Carp, who grew up not far from Angel Stadium in Long Beach, has taken advantage of his opportunities this season, hitting .316 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 47 games.