Victorino, Drew sit out vs. Twins

Victorino, Drew sit out vs. Twins
May 18, 2013, 6:30 pm
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MINNEAPOLIS – Right fielder Shane Victorino and shortstop Stephen Drew are both out of the starting lineup for the Red Sox Saturday night. Both players are bothered by back ailments.
 
For Victorino, who ran into outfield walls several times in the last week, it is his second consecutive day out of the lineup. He also missed seven games April 25 – May 2 with low back tightness.
 
Drew tweaked his back on his eighth-inning double Saturday night when he slid awkwardly into second base.
 
“Both need a day,” said manager John Farrell. “Shane feels better than he did last night. But still there’s probably a little bit too much risk running him out there today. Another day might just get him over the hump. Stephen, he came in, got a lot of treatment, took some swings in the cage, felt ok. But really felt more mid back soreness when he would twist and almost arch his back on a throw. That being said, again, precautionary.”
 
Victorino had expressed optimism on Friday that he would be in the lineup on Saturday. Instead, he hit in the cage, which he said represented progress. He said he is hopeful he will be in the lineup for the season-series finale against the Twins on Sunday.
 
Asked if Victorino would be available on Saturday night, if needed, Farrell replied:
 
“I don’t want to say he’s not completely unavailable. But we’ll look to stay away as best we can.
 
“He was hopeful for today last night. He’s a hard guy to keep out of the lineup because he wants to get in every day and he’ll probably push it or risk it a little bit more than maybe we’re comfortable with. So I think the additional day will be good.”
 
Likewise, Farrell is hopeful Drew will be back in the lineup on Sunday as well.
 
“But both guys we’ll kind of take the temperature on the situation when they get here in the morning,” Farrell said.