Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks shut down in rehab assignments

June 27, 2014 - 2:57 pm

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox' search for right-handed offense seemingly will not come from the 40-man roster, at least not in the short-term. Both Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks, who were with Triple-A Pawtucket on rehab assignments that offered potential preludes to their activation, have been taken off of their rehab assignments, as they've both had to shut down baseball activities due to lingering issues with their injuries. Victorino has been dealing with discomfort in his lower back that has him limited to treatment. Manager John Farrell said there's no timetable for the 33-year-old to return to baseball activity. Middlebrooks is dealing with ongoing swelling in his right index finger that he fractured in May and that has made it impossible for him to throw the ball without pain. Victorino has played in just 21 games this year, hitting .242 with a .276 OBP and .352 slugging mark. Middlebrooks has likewise played 21 games, hitting .197/.305/.324. The Red Sox do have one player moving closer to a return, as Mike Carp -- on the DL since June 2 due to a broken bone in his foot -- will start a rehab assignment on Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket, serving as the designated hitter.