Red Sox delay Shane Victorino's rehab another day, won't return before All-Star break

July 08, 2014 - 2:31 pm
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Shane Victorino's rehabilitation suffered yet another setback on Tuesday. The Red Sox ailing right fielder had his rehab assignment, which was set to begin in Lowell Wednesday night, pushed back to no earlier than Thursday after he experienced increased symptoms in his back, manager John Farrell said Tuesday. Farrell said Victorino, who has played in just 21 games for the Red Sox this season due to a right hamstring injury, won't be back until some time after the All-Star break. "There's a tentative plan in place with five consecutive days of games played," Farrell said. "That was going to include progression from the typical two, three at-bats to a full nine innings. We're still following that guide." Victorino has already had multiple rehab assignments cut short due to recurring injury concerns. He's hitting .242 a home run, 10 RBIs and a .276 on-base percentage in just 91 at-bats this season. Given the Red Sox' offensive struggles and constant rotation in the outfield, Farrell said Victorino's been missed both at the plate and in the field this season. The Sox could especially use his presence at the top of the batting order after hitting .294/.351/.451 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs in 2013. "I don't want to single out [Victorino's impact] offensively. He's been missed. His energy, his defense, what he's done at the plate for us," Farrell said. "His vacancy has left a hole in our lineup, and that's not to be critical of anyone who's playing the outfield, that's saying Shane Victorino was a heck of a player for us last year and we miss that player."
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