Swelling in Victorino's knee, will avoid DL

Swelling in Victorino's knee, will avoid DL
May 17, 2014, 1:15 am
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BOSTON - The Red Sox were without Shane Victorino Friday night, but it doesn't look to be the case Saturday night.

Victorino injured his left knee sliding into third base last series against the Twins. He didn't play Thursday in the series finale, and again sat out Friday night.

Victorino had an MRI done on the knee prior to Friday night's game, and it looks like nothing serious was found.

"With Vic, there was some swelling in the joint," John Farrell said. "We don't think this is going to be a DL situation. He'll be fitted for a brace to wear, so we'll check him tomorrow and his availability."

The Sox certainly could have used his bat Friday night, as they mustered up a measly three hits. There was also the biggest moment of the game in the bottom of the 7th when Farrell pinch-hit A.J. Pierzynski in place of Will Middlebrooks with one out and two men on. Pierzynski grounded into a double play. Jonny Gomes was available to hit, but due to the team being a man down, Farrell wanted to hold onto him just in case.

"Pinch-hit for Will there, obviously they had a chance to get the left-hander ready," Farrell said of the decision. "Will took that line drive off his right index finger the second hit of the game. That began to swell a little bit more. With Vic's status, Jonny was the last player remaining, knowing it was going to be a 2-for-1 move with [Jonathan] Herrera going to third, and kept Jonny back as the last available player."