Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino leaves game with right hamstring tightness

Rob Bradford
April 22, 2015 - 4:51 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The hamstring issues continue to linger for Shane Victorino. The outfielder was forced from Wednesday night's game at Tropicana Field in the fifth inning after experiencing right hamstring tightness. Victorino had just come off the field gingerly after stealing second base in the fourth inning. He returned to his position for the home half of the frame, but was pinch-hit for by Allen Craig when his turn came up in the fifth. After the Red Sox' 7-5 loss to the Rays, manager John Farrell said the team didn't believe the injury would sideline Victorino for an extended period of time. "€œHe'€™s got some right hamstring tightness on the stolen base. Given what he'€™s gone through, I got him off his feet," said Farrell, adding, "€œIt'€™s not more serious, it'€™s day to day. He was scheduled for a down day [Thursday] so it'€™s likely he'€™ll be out and available but not in the lineup tomorrow."€ It is the same hamstring that landed Victorino on the disabled list coming out of spring training last season. While the 34-year-old experienced some hamstring tightness this past stint in Fort Myers, it was nothing to keep him out for any extended period of time. Before exiting Wednesday's game, Victorino struck out looking and was hit by a pitch, putting his batting average at .143.