Shane Victorino to undergo lower back surgery

August 05, 2014 - 8:53 am
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Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino's injury-riddled season came to what seemed like an almost inevitable end, as the 33-year-old will undergo what is surgery on his lower back on Tuesday, the team announced. The procedure will likely end Victorino's season. Dr. Robert Watkins, whom Victorino visited on Monday for a second opinion after an MRI in Boston identified the potential need for surgery on Friday, will perform the operation. "'€œI'm definitely disappointed, news that I didn't want to get. Obviously I think we need another opinion, see where we're at and we're going to go from there,'€ Victorino said on Saturday. '€œObviously [the MRI] showed some signs of some things going on with my back that obviously it's important for us to get a second opinion. We'll go and see what happens and go from there." Victorino -- who hit .294/.351/.451 in 122 games last year, even as he twice landed on the DL with similar injuries -- played just 30 games between three stints on the disabled list due to hamstring and lower back injuries. He hit .268 with a .303 OBP and .382 slugging mark.
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