Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has missed the last two games, both Red Sox wins, because of a bad back. The Red Sox are calling the injury a back strain.
“We fully expect him to be full go tomorrow,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told Tony Lee of ESPN Boston.
Farrell also told reports that Victorino was available as a defensive replacement or pinch hitter in the Red Sox 3-1 game 5 victory.
With Victorino out, Daniel Nava played right field while Johnny Gomes has manned left field. Gomes will be back in left field on Wednesday and Nava will return to the bench.
Nava also hit in the two-hole with Victorino out. Victorino should return to his normal spot in the lineup Wednesday.
During the regular season, Victorino batted .294, had an on-base percentage of .351 and slugged .451. He had 21 stolen bases, 26 doubles, 15 home runs and 61 RBI.
In the postseason, Victorino’s numbers have gone way down. He’s batted .188 with an on-base percentage of .304 and has slugged .271. He’s hit one home run, a go-ahead grand slam in the Red Sox series-clinching game 6 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS.
First pitch from Fenway Park in game 6 is scheduled for 8:07 pm EST.