Red Sox say Shane Victorino expected to be ready for spring training after surgery

August 05, 2014 - 6:31 pm

The Red Sox announced that outfielder Shane Victorino had a lumbar disectomy surgery to fix bulging discs in his lower back, a procedure performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles. According to, a disectomy is a procedure that removes herniated disc material that is pressing on the spinal cord or nerve root. According to the team, Victorino "is expected to be ready to participate" in spring training next year. (This study suggests that players who required surgery to correct lumbar disc herniation returned in an average of 8.7 months, with outfielders taking an average of 6.1 months to return, but the sample of outfielders used in the study appeared to be extremely small and based on data that was no more recent than 2009.)