Shane Victorino

Red Sox injury updates: Shane Victorino out with 'general soreness'; Pablo Sandoval 'much improved'

Ryan Hannable
May 21, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Shane Victorino was in the original lineup posted shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, but just a few minutes later a revised one was sent out with Victorino scratched and Daniel Nava inserted to make his third straight start in right field. "[Victorino] is held out tonight with some soreness," said manager John Farrell. "It's more centralized around the left calf. Not anything related to the lower back or hamstring that he's dealt with in the past. Precautionary he's held out tonight." The right fielder was inserted as a pinch-hitter for Nava Wednesday and went 2-for-2. He is hitting .421 since returning from the disabled list on May 11 following a hamstring injury suffered on April 25. "Not anything inside of last night's game that caused anything," said Farrell of the late scratch. "Just general soreness. Like I said, general soreness overall, but somewhat localized in the calf." Farrell is hopeful he will be available over the weekend. Over the past two seasons, Victorino has missed a total of 153 games with a variety of injuries, mostly to his back and hamstring. Given the 34 year old's injury history, Farrell said it wasn't totally unexpected to have to scratch him without much advance notice. "Not unexpected to a certain extent," Farrell said. "You know you're going to have to run him out there a few days, back off on days even if he feels he's capable. Almost to protect him against himself. This is a little bit unforeseen, but like I said, you walk in the clubhouse everyday knowing there are 25 guys at your disposal and that is not always the case." The news is better for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is out of the lineup again after missing Wednesday's game following taking a 97 mph fastball off the knee Tuesday night. "Pablo is much improved today," said Farrell. "There is still some soreness there. Giving him another day, particularly with a left-handed starter on the mound and we anticipate him back in the lineup tomorrow." Brock Holt starts at third base in Sandoval's absence. It's also worth noting Rusney Castillo will return to the PawSox lineup Thursday and hit second following being out the last two days on paternity leave. It shouldn't be long before the outfielder is in Boston.