Sox notes: Turf takes toll on Victorino

Sox notes: Turf takes toll on Victorino
September 12, 2013, 9:15 pm
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A sore thumb will keep Shane Victorino out of the lineup against Toronto on Friday.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Outfielder Shane Victorino, who returned to the clubhouse after a 10th inning at-bat Wednesday night but finished the game in right field in the bottom of the inning, was out of the lineup Thursday in the road trip finale.
     
"I think the [artificial] turf has a tendency to kind of affect him a little bit," said manager John Farrell, "and we wanted to be sure that we
stay ahead of it. Talking to guys here, this turf is very different than [the surface] in Toronto. This is much more soft and they feel it differently and you have to be conscious of lower backs.
     
"But it wasn't his hamstring [that he aggravated in the at-bat]. I just think he felt a little tightness overall. You could see something wasn't 100 percent, so today is just [a decision] to get him off his feet.''
     
With Victorino out, Jackie Bradley Jr. played center and Daniel Nava played right and hit second.

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Farrell said the Red Sox do not yet have their rotation set for the Baltimore series which begins Tuesday at Fenway.
     
The Sox will use John Lackey (Friday), Jon Lester (Saturday) and Clay Buchholz (Sunday) in the weekend series against the Yankees, but with Felix Doubront expected to return to the rotation at some point next week, it would seem likely that Ryan Dempster will be out of the rotatiion next turn through.
    
His turn will come up Tuesday -- following an off-day Monday -- and it wouldn't be a surprise to have Doubront slotted into that spot.