Red Sox' decision on Shane Victorino won't come until Monday

Rob Bradford
March 30, 2014 - 9:05 am

BALTIMORE -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' workout inside Camden Yards, manager John Farrell explained that Shane Victorino would be returning to Boston Sunday in order to have an MRI on his right hamstring before being examined early Monday. Farrell said that if Victorino's hamstring checked out OK, the outfielder would be able to return to Baltimore in time to participate in Opening Day (a 3 p.m. start), if needed. "No word on Shane. He's en route back to Boston right now," Farrell said. "He'll go through an MRI this afternoon and then a full work-up and exam tomorrow morning. So there's no roster decision. There's no update to give you at this point." Due to Major League Baseball regulations, the Red Sox aren't allowed to have a non-roster player on the premises as a back-up plan. Teams' 25-man rosters were due at 3 p.m. Sunday. "We can't have someone hanging around," Farrell noted. It is assumed that if Victorino would need to go on the 15-day disabled list, Jackie Bradley Jr. would serve as his replacment. Victorino aggravated his hamstring during the Red Sox' final spring training game, Saturday. He has also dealt with thumb, back, calf and side issues throughout camp. "Shane's situation is going to be one of the challenges and things thrown our way that we don't know what is going to come up against us, or the challenges that we face," Farrell said. "As long as we remain resilient, as we did a year ago, and face those challenges as a team I feel we'll be in a very good place and position as we go through this journey of 2014."