Victorino could see live action early next week

Victorino could see live action early next week
July 5, 2014, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON -- Shane Victorino's back and hamstring are improving, and he could see action in a rehab outing early next week.

"He's improving," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "The running, the agility work, the number of swings in batting practice, that all continues to increase. And if we're looking at getting out to get some live action, [it] would be hopefully sometime in the middle of the White Sox series."
Victorino hasn't played for the big-league club since May 23. The hope had been that he would return for Boston's series in New York last weekend, but he suffered a setback in his rehab a week-and-a-half ago and hasn't been back on the field since. 
The Red Sox have two Major Leaguers getting themselves in shape with Triple A Pawtucket. 
Mike Carp has bounced around the last few days thanks to inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Arthur. He could not get a flight to Syracuse on Thursday night to be with the PawSox so he headed to Portland instead to play with the Sea Dogs on Friday. However, that game was rained out and he has since made his way to Syracuse to rejoin Pawtucket. 
Carp, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 2 with a fourth metatarsal fracture of his right foot, is expected to play left field for nine innings on Saturday.
"As we talked Thursday, the off day, we felt like everyday at-bats through the weekend was an important time to reassess," Farrell said. "We'll see where we go from there."
Will Middlebrooks will serve as designated hitter for the PawSox on Saturday, one day after getting three at-bats and playing third base. 
Friday's game was Middlebrooks' first in the field since returning to his rehab assignment July 1 after experiencing a setback of his own at the end of June. 

Farrell said that the reason the team has taken its time in working Middlebrooks back into the fold defensively is that it wanted to be sure his injured finger wouldn't create a domino effect that would lead to further health issues.
"I think finally the swelling has been resolved to a point where it's not affecting his throwing," Farrell said, "that was more the caution than anything. If that was gonna alter any arm slot or any changes to his throwing stroke, does it show up in his elbow or shoulder? We were just trying to be careful there."
Farrell suggested that the organization will wait until Middlebrooks can play a full nine innings in the field before making any kind of determination on his timetable for a return to the big leagues.