Shane Victorino

Red Sox pregame notes: Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo injury updates; why Allen Craig is in right field

Ryan Hannable
May 01, 2015 - 12:48 pm

The progression of Shane Victorino's and Rusney Castillo's injuries are trending in the right direction. Victorino (hamstring) could get into a rehab game in the middle part of next week, as he's eligible to return next Friday in Toronto. "We were going to ramp up his running through the weekend," manager John Farrell said. "If we do get him out, which there will be a rehab assignment at some point, that may more Tuesday, Wednesday of this coming week." The rehab stint would likely be with either Pawtucket or Portland. Castillo (shoudler) served as Pawtucket's designated hitter Wednesday and went 0-for-3 in the game. He will serve in the same role Friday night. Farrell said he will continue with his throwing program and hopefully get into the outfield early next week. "The initial plan is to get him back on the field," Farrell said. "He's DH'ing tonight and [hoping] to get him back in right field with full defensive part of the mix. There's no target date to even consider making a change with where he's at currently. It's a matter of getting him back on the field and productive back in the flow of things first at Pawtucket." Allen Craig will get his first start of the year in right field at Fenway Park, as the Red Sox are going up against left-hander CC Sabathia. Farrell likes the matchup, and thus is keeping Brock Holt and Daniel Nava on the bench, at least to start. After saying Craig likely wouldn't play right field at Fenway last week, Farrell said he has no hesitations putting him there. "No. Looking at a matchup with Craig and the way he's swing the bat against CC [Sabathia], trying to get another right-hander in the lineup," Farrell said. "If we have to defend late, certainly that's available to us (defensive replacement). I've stated many times that you trust every player on your roster and this is clearly a matchup that Allen is in there." "If we don't use Allen today -- this is a day he has to be on the field," he added. The Red Sox won't face another left-hander in the series. Craig has never faced Sabathia.