Victorino could be activated after Tuesday game

Victorino could be activated after Tuesday game
April 20, 2014, 6:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Shane Victorino was back in the Red Sox clubhouse on Sunday afternoon after making his first rehab start in Pawtucket on Saturday.

The outfielder has been on the disabled list since Opening Day because of a hamstring strain, but it appears as though he could be activated some time this week.

"Shane will go back out tomorrow and resume his rehab assignment," manager John Farrell said. "Tomorrow and Tuesday will be his two days and then we'll reassess after Tuesday, with the possibility of activation after that."

Victorino went 0-for-3 and played six innings in the field against the Buffalo Bisons. His workload will be progressively increased until he returns to the big-league club.

"I think we're looking at four at-bats tomorrow" for Victorino, Farrell said, "whether that's six, seven, eight innings on the field. Ideally by Tuesday he will have played nine innings. That's the goal to get him to that obviously."

When Victorino returns, the Red Sox will have six healthy outfielders at their disposal: Victorino, Grady Sizemore, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jonny Gomes, Mike Carp and Daniel Nava. Farrell explained that a roster move will be made upon Victorino's return and that the team has had "ongoing" discussions in anticipation of that move.

"They're not going to initiate once he's deemed ready to come back to us," said Farrell. "We've looked at every available combination of outfielders that are here with us. Ultimately there will be a roster decision made, but we'll get to that in the coming week."