BOSTON – Shane Victorino, who has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a left hamstring strain as well as back ailments, said he feels good and expects to play in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Angels.
Manager John Farrell said it is possible Victorino will be in centerfield for the night cap with Jacoby Ellsbury getting the game off. Ellsbury missed five games over six days after tweaking his groin when he stole a team-record five bases in Philadelphia on May 30.
Victorino played one rehab game, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a strikeout Thursday for Triple-A Pawtucket.
· Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, on the DL since May 24 with a low back strain, continues his rehab with Pawtucket at Syracuse tonight. In three rehab games so far Middlebrooks has gone 4-for-9 with two home runs, six RBI, two walks, and two strikeouts.
· Left-hander Franklin Morales could start Wednesday against the Rays at Tampa Bay.
· Farrell said Friday was “an exciting day” for his family as his son Luke, a pitcher, was drafted by the Royals in the sixth round, 174th overall. The younger Farrell has dealt with medical issues the last few years, but posted a 2.13 ERA this season for Northwestern.
“Proud of him for what he’s been able to come back from, what he’s accomplished, and excited for his next chapter in baseball,” Farrell said. “I know he’s excited to join the Royals.”
· Today’s lineups:
Doubront LHP (4-2, 4.88)
Hanson RHP (2-2, 4.19)
· This is Doubront’s first start against the Angels. He has faced them just once, throwing a scoreless inning on Aug. 17, 2010, at Fenway Park. The Angels are the only American League team against which he has not made a start. He has faced just three Angels batters: Aybar (0-for-1), Callaspo (0-for-1), Hamilton (3-for-7, one double, one triple, one walk, one strikeout, four RBI).
· Clay Buchholz, who is scheduled to start the nightcap, leads the major leagues with a 1.62 ERA and is tied for the American League lead with 8 wins. Since 1913, when earned runs were 1st recorded officially in the AL, Buchholz is the only Red Sox starting pitcher with 8 or more wins, no losses, and an ERA of 1.62 or lower through his 1st 11 starts of a season.