CHICAGO – Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is out of the lineup Wednesday night against the White Sox for the finale of the nine-game road trip. It's the second straight game that he's been out of the lineup after leaving Monday’s game in the sixth inning with tightness in his left hamstring.
But Victorino is showing some improvement and the Red Sox remain hopeful he can avoid a stint on the disabled list, manager John Farrell said.
“He’s improved today,” Farrell said. “He’s going to do some running on the treadmill. There is increased looseness in the hamstring, but still unavailable tonight.”
But it is still too soon to say when Victorino will be back in the lineup.
“Today was a big day as far as his status and improvement that he’s showing,” Farrell said. “Our plan was to kind of reevaluate where he was tomorrow and go from there.”
While the Sox are optimistic, it is still uncertain if Victorino will avoid the DL.
“Well, today certainly helps in that light, and we're hopeful that we can avoid it,” Farrell said. “Still, he is day to day but nothing definitive has been decided either way yet.”
Despite assorted bumps and bruises, Victorino has avoided the DL so far this season. He has appeared in 34 of the Sox' 46 games this season, batting .283 with a .343 on-base percentage, 20 runs scored, and four stolen bases in six attempts. But he missed seven games from April 25 to May 2 with a lower back strain. He left Thursday’s game at Tampa Bay in the top of the ninth and missed the next two games with a sore back after crashing into outfield walls a couple of times last week.