Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino placed on DL with hamstring injury, Matt Barnes joins Red Sox

John Tomase
April 25, 2015 - 1:26 pm

The Red Sox on Saturday placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the disabled list with a sore right hamstring and recalled right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket in time for their game against the Orioles in Baltimore. Manager John Farrell told reporters at Camden Yards that Barnes arrives as support for a taxed bullpen. In particular, Farrell said he wants to stay away from right-hander Junichi Tazawa, who has pitched four times in the last five days and leads the league in appearances with nine. "I've been going to Taz a lot," Farrell said. "I've got to be careful with that." Victorino is hitting just .143 with a .474 OPS in 12 games. He was injured on Wednesday against the Rays while stealing second base. With Victorino sidelined, the Red Sox could use Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, or super sub Brock Holt to man right field. Farrell told reporters that the decision to DL Victorino was as much about the bullpen as the outfielder's recovery. "I wouldn't say he stalled, he's actually improving," Farrell said. "He worked out today early this morning, ran in the pool, but we felt like with the number of innings our bullpen is pitching that is the overriding thing at this point" Barnes was scheduled to start the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday with the PawSox. He instead joined the Red Sox and was available out of the bullpen. He's 0-0 with a 5.62 ERA in two starts at Triple-A. He'll be used as a long man and in the middle innings. "Depending on the game situation, but obviously a guy that can give us multiple innings," Farrell said. "Power stuff. Looking forward to him being available for us."