ST. LOUIS -- Shane Victorino's worst fears were confirmed when he met with back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles Monday: the Red Sox outfielder would indeed surgery to correct two slipped disks in his lower back.
Victorino wasted no time getting the procedure done, having it performed Tuesday morning in L.A.
"From what I understand,'' said John Farrell, "there were two discs that had slight bulges that required the procedure. That's the extent of the information I have. We haven't received any prognosis as far as what the next steps are, how much rehab he's going to go through, what the overall time frame for recovery will be. We anticipate that, hopefully, by the night's end.''
There was, however, a general understanding that Victoino would certainly not return this season.
He was limited to just 30 games this season, his second in Boston, hampered by the back and also hamstring issues.
Allen Craig was placed on the DL with a foot injury, which occurred in his first game with the Red Sox. Craig rolled his foot as he hit the bag Friday night.
"It's going to be a few days before he'd able to get back on the field and we didn't want to go short position-player wise,'' said Farrell.
Farrell said Craig could visit with Dr. Thomas Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., who performed surgery on Derek Jeter when the Yankee shortstop broke his ankle in 2012. Anderson is the president of the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.
To take Craig's spot on the roster, the Sox promoted outfielder Corey Brown from Pawtucket.
The Sox, who optioned Steven Wright late Sunday night after their 8-7 loss to the Yankees, replaced him on the roster with reliever Heath Hembree.
Hembree had made two appearances for Pawtucket after coming over to the Red Sox in the deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Giants 10 days ago.
"It gives us another sinkerballer,'' said Farrell, "and the ability to get back to a little bit more full strength and regroup a little bit after the off-day. Steven Wright, we kept in (the Pawtucket) rotation if the need for a starter arose, so that was the reason for that changes.