There will be no Flyin’ Hawaiian for the Boston Red Sox between now and the end of the 2014 season.
Shane Victorino’s thoroughly frustrating second season with the Red Sox ended on Tuesday, when he underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a bulging disc in his back.
As for the surgery itself and what it entailed, from what manager John Farrell describes it sounds awfully uncomfortable.
“From what I understand, there were two discs that had a slight bulge that required the procedure, so that’s the extent of the information I have,” said manager John Farrell.
That did not appear to diminish Victorino’s spirits, though he might have been medicated heavily at the time that these hospital pictures were taken. From his own Twitter account:
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) August 5, 2014
Victorino was batting .268/.303/.382 with two home runs and just 12 RBI. Coming off a stellar season in which he posted a .801 OPS and was a key player for the World Champions, Victorino’s health prevented him from ever getting things going this season.
The Red Sox loaded up in the outfield at this year’s trade deadline, adding Allen Craig and Yoenis Cespedes. It will be interesting to see how the outfield situation shapes up next season in Boston if Victorino is available and healthy come spring training.