The Boston Red Sox were hoping to have a healthy Shane Victorino in the outfield to open the season, but his right hamstring has different ideas.
Victorino tweaked his oft-injured hammy in the Red Sox final spring training game on Saturday, and his status for Monday’s season opener is now questionable.
Per ESPN.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Victorino’s status, “In Shane’s second at-bat, rounding first base, he felt his right hamstring grab him. Until we have further information after an MRI, we’ll have an announcement at that point.”
Victorino offered no real comment other than “I’ll be fine” as he limped into the clubhouse.
The veteran left-fielder had been held out of a number of spring games this year due to his conditioning program designed to help with the injuries and ailments he dealt with during the 2013 season. He played only 122 games in 2013 because of those injuries, and had surgery on his right thumb in December.
If Victorino is indeed shelved for any amount of time, it could mean the recall of prospect Jackie Bradley Jr., who was just sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket after being outperformed this spring by pretty much everyone on the roster, most notably, Grady Sizemore.
Farrell does have other options in the outfield, but Victorino is the man they’d prefer to have standing in left