Shane Victorino out of games until at least Monday; West Coast activation all but ruled out

June 21, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Outfielder Shane Victorino, in Triple-A Pawtucket on a rehab assignment while trying to come back from a hamstring injury, is sitting out for a fourth straight day due to what the Red Sox have described as general soreness. In the Sox' initial plan for his rehab, Saturday had represented the earliest date for him to complete time in the minors -- the third of back-to-back-to-back games. Instead, Victorino is receiving treatment on Saturday and will resume batting practice on Sunday. Had he come through three straight games without a hitch, there is a good chance Victorino would have been in line to join the Red Sox on Monday in Seattle. However, he's missed all three of those planned contests, and so his timetable for activation will be more deliberate. "I wouldn't categorize it as a setback," manager John Farrell told reporters in Oakland. "We just have to cautiously go to get him back to the point where we're not overloading him." Victorino has played in just three rehab games (going 0-for-6) while trying to return from his current injury, and the Sox need to see him play at least two more games before he's ready for activation. Given that reality, the likelihood of his returning (as planned) while the team in on its West Coast trip through Oakland and then Seattle (a three-game series that starts Monday) is very limited, but it's still possible that he could rejoin the club during the current roadtrip, which will head through New York starting on Thursday. In 21 big league games this year, Victorino is hitting .242 with a .276 OBP and .352 slugging mark.