Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino 'doing great' after hamstring issue

Rob Bradford
April 23, 2015 - 3:45 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager John Farrell sounded optimistic prior to Thursday night's game at Tropicana Field that Shane Victorino's right hamstring injury wouldn't be sidelining the outfielder long. "He'€™s doing great," Farrell said. "He'€™s day-to-day. And before we get him back to the game we'€™ll get him through some running. Change in direction, some explosive work, just to test it out. He came into today feeling better than anticipated but still day to day. "I think we'€™ll wait to see how he responds to the treatment and testing we put him through, but even [Wednesday] night he wanted to fight through it. But given all he'€™s been through there wasn'€™t going to be any additional risk taking." Victorino, who hadn't experienced any setbacks with his hamstring since arriving in spring training this year, aggravated the leg muscle when stealing second base in the fourth inning of the Red Sox' 7-5 loss to the Rays. After staying in for another half inning, Victorino was pinch-hit for by Allen Craig in the fifth. "When you think back to the inning [Wednesday] night, he attempts to steal a base, has to spring back because there'€™s a ball in the air," Farrell said. "Couple pitches later he'€™s off again. He'€™s running full-tilt but that might'€™ve been the first time he'€™s sprinted three times within a six-pitch sequence." While Daniel Nava was scheduled to start in right field Thursday even before the Victorino injury, Craig's start in left field wasn't necessarily part of the plan. Farrell noted that the Red Sox wanted to use the series finale as an opportunity to get Hanley Ramirez off his feet after two straight games on the Tropicana Field turf. "Our guys when they get in on the astroturf, they react a little bit differently," the manager said. "He'€™s obviously been on the bases a lot, running continuously. But he'€™s been playing extremely hard and I think he'€™s feeling it and we want to stay ahead of it."