Saturday, June 21, 2014
Victorino stuck in neutral; Betts still raking
By Eric Gilmore | Special to ESPNBoston.com
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Outfielder Shane Victorino (right hamstring strain) will be out of the lineup for Triple-A Pawtucket for the third straight game Saturday night, and the Red Sox's hopes of having him back during the West Coast stretch of their road trip has all but disappeared.
"He'll have another day of treatment," manager John Farrell said. "He'll re-engage with BP tomorrow and that's where we are right now. I wouldn't categorize it as a setback."
When Farrell was asked about recently signed veteran outfielder Andres Torres' progress, he said he didn't have "a real update" to offer. "I know Mookie Betts is swinging the bat well," Farrell added, smiling.
Betts is batting .324 with 12 RBIs, two home runs, three doubles, one triple and four stolen bases in 17 games since being promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland. He's reached base safely in all 17 games. In his past five games, he's gone 10-for-23, including a two-run, walk-off single Friday night in a 3-2 win against Wilkes-Barre.
How fast could Betts get to Boston?
"I don't know," Farrell said. "The fact that he's in Triple-A, he's clearly on the radar, and the fact that he continues to swing the bat with some consistency ... Timeframe, no indication to it. He's doing everything he can, though, to put himself on that track."
Betts was drafted in the fifth round in 2011 as a second baseman, but he's now also playing in the outfield.
"We're not ready to anoint him a regular center fielder or a regular outfielder, but his athleticism certainly plays there."
• First baseman/outfielder Mike Carp (broken right foot) has started to "jog lightly" and hit off a tee, but he's not ready to go on a rehab assignment, Farrell said. Carp went on the 15-day disabled list on June 2, retroactive to June 1.
• Third baseman Will Middlebrooks (fractured right index finger) is making solid progress during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket, Farrell said. "Timing is becoming more and more consistent with each passing day. While he still has some soreness in the finger, he's getting back to more game speed and game activity."