Victorino not in the lineup Sunday vs. Angels

Victorino not in the lineup Sunday vs. Angels
June 9, 2013, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON -- Shane Victorino is not in the starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Angels. He returned from the disabled list, after missing 18 games with a left hamstring strain, for the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
 
Victorino played center field, with Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been nursing a sore groin, getting the game off.
 
Victorino tweaked the hamstring in the first inning. Leading off, he singled and came around to score on Jonny Gomes’ double. Rounding third, though, he hit a patch of soft turf, causing his hamstring to grab.
 
The plan for Victorino all along, though, had been to monitor his status, giving him days off as necessary.
 
“I think as we get into the remainder of this week, we’ll look to pick some spots for him,” manager John Farrell said. “That might be two on, one off, that type scenario. Most of this is going to depend on how Shane responds. But today was a planned off day from the get-go.
 
“Without setting off any red flags or alarms, we know that we’ve got to give him some time in between a stretch of games, whether that’s every-other day, whether that’s every third day. That’s what we’re working on.”
 
In 35 games, Victorino is batting .280 with a  .356 on-base percentage, .338 slugging percentage,  21 runs scored, and four stolen bases in six attempts.
 
Throughout his career, he has played with an aggressive approach, in the field and on the bases -- something the Sox would not ask him to change.
 
“We have to be accepting of that,” Farrell said. “That’s why we take them thru a number of test leading up to being activated. We are never going to ask a player to be someone who he’s not. We know that instincts and characteristics are going to kick in. but he was activated all of an hour and he was going first to him and a piece of sod gives way and grabs a hamstring and he’s lying at home. We thought one inning in and this has the potential of not being too good. But fortunately he came out of it OK.”