Victorino placed on DL; Bradley Jr. called up

Victorino placed on DL; Bradley Jr. called up
March 31, 2014, 10:30 am
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BALTIMORE -- Shane Victorino, diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, was placed on the disabled list Monday morning, hours before the Red Sox' season opener at Camden Yards.
    
"It's going to require some time down,'' said John Farrell. "We'll have a better read on his potential availability seven-to-10 days into the 15-day DL stint and see how he responds to treatment from that point. But the overall projected date of return? It will be when he's ready to go. Whether that's 15 days or beyond, that remains to be seen.''
    
To take Victorino's spot on the roster, the Red Sox promoted Jackie Bradley Jr., who had been optioned Friday after losing out the center field battle to Grady Sizemore.
    
"With restrictions around Grady (and his ability to play for extended periods without rest),'' explained Farrell, "Jackie was the guy. He'll find reps in both center and right field.''
    
For the opener, the Sox had Mike Carp in left and Daniel Nava in right.
    
Victorino was expected to arrive by gametime.
    
"Whether or not returns to Boston before we do to be with (medical staff director) Dan Dyrek daily, that's still in the works,'' said Farrell. "But what we want to do is maintain some constant treatment in a central site.''
    
Farrell said with Victorino out of the lineup, the team will devise something of a rotation with the other five outfielders available -- Sizemore, Carp, Nava, Bradley and Jonny Gomes.
    
"(Victorino) has done such a great job for us,'' said Farrell. "You're talking about a Gold Glove guy in right field, a top-of-the-order hitter for us that is instinctually is a very good player. But as we tapped into our depth many times over last year, unfortunately we're doing it on Day 1.
    
"Vic will be missed. But fortunately, we have good players to step in and be ready to contribute.''
    
The Sox attempted to manage Victorino carefully during spring training, giving him additional time to strengthen his core area. Victorino appeared in just 10 Grapefruit League games this spring, concentrating more on preparing his body to be ready for the start of the season.
    
"We have to manage and do what we can to keep him on the field as much as possible,'' said Farrell. "Every piece of information that we have doesn't suggest that there's something structurally wrong. But he's been banged up at times. He's been plagued by some pulled muscles and we're dealing with it again.''