Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino out with sore legs, wonders, 'What's my problem?'

John Tomase
March 07, 2015 - 6:16 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino has no idea what he was thinking. Playing just his second game in seven months on Friday against the Marlins at JetBlue Park, Victorino went first to third on a Daniel Nava double to left, sliding in just ahead of Don Kelly's throw. He felt fine in the immediate surge of adrenaline, but his legs tightened later. When he arrived at the park on Saturday morning, he knew he shouldn't risk playing. Originally in the lineup, he'll instead take the day off with what manager John Farrell described as "general soreness." Sitting in the dugout before the game, Victorino just shook his head. "Second game in seven months and I'm going first to third on a bang-bang play?" Victorino told with a wry laugh. "What's my problem?" Victorino actually knows the answer to that question. "It's the only way I know how to play," he said. What's important to note, Farrell said, is that Victorino's back is fine. As proof, he took batting practice before Saturday's game against the Twins. He'll take Sunday off as well before heading across the state to play against the Cardinals in Jupiter on Monday. The original plan had been to give Victorino the trip off, to save his surgically repaired back from a three-hour bus ride, but he's determined to play. "Coming out of the game yesterday and when he reported this morning, we're just trying to be on a little bit of the cautious side," Farrell said. "It's just a lower extremity -- quad, hammies. It's not back-related at all."