Sore back sidelines Victorino vs. Twins

Sore back sidelines Victorino vs. Twins
May 17, 2013, 7:30 pm
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MINNEAPOLIS – In four games against the Twins at Fenway Park last week, Shane Victorino went 7-for-18, with two home runs – his first of the season – a double, and five runs scored. Despite that production, he is not in the lineup Friday night for the start of the Red Sox three-game series at Target Field.
 
Victorino missed seven games from April 25 – May 2 with lower back tightness and has dinged his back a few times over the last week. In the Sox 4-3 win over the Rays in St. Petersburg, he crashed into the right field wall to get the out on Jose Lobaton’s eight-inning fly. On May 12, at Fenway Park, Victorino crashed into the wall on Emilio Bonifacio’s home run in the fourth inning. He stayed in the game, but left after sixth and was examined at the hospital after game.
 
“He had a little tightness in his low back,” manager John Farrell said. “We’re hoping it’s a one-day thing where he’s off his feet today and he’s able to rejoin the lineup tomorrow. But as hard as he plays -- and I’m not going to say with reckless abandon -- but obviously he doesn’t fear the wall, and he’s been banged up the last couple of games.”
 
Victorino was moving somewhat gingerly in the Sox clubhouse Friday afternoon.
 
“Little stiff today,” he said.  “But, I'm hoping it’s not anything like it was the first time. But we got to go day to day and see how it feels. It feels a lot better today. Obviously it’s still frustrating. I never wanted this to happen. I never wanted to be back where I was a few weeks ago. That was no fun…Here’s hoping today is just a day and we’ll get out there tomorrow.”
 
Victorino said he could be available if the Sox need him in the game. But Farrell is hoping to avoid that.
 
“We’ll do everything we can to kind of stay away,” Farrell said. “Just to give him a full day off his feet.
 
In 32 games errorless in right field this season, Victorino has four assists and is hitting .283, with two home runs, four doubles, 10 RBI, 19 runs scored with three stolen bases in five attempts,
 
He’s an instinctual player,” Farrell said. “He’s a very good defender, good baserunner, and he’s done an outstanding job defensively. In the two-hole for us, whether that’s left-handed or right-handed, he’s been able to drive a ball on occasion, and yet lay down a bunt in a key moment or bunt for a base hit. So he’s a complete player and he fits in well with not only the lineup that we have but the way our team is constructed.”