Opting for back surgery would end Victorino's season

Opting for back surgery would end Victorino's season
August 2, 2014, 3:15 pm
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BOSTON - Shane Victorino is hoping against hope that surgery won't be necessary to correct the slipped disk in his lower back, but recognizes he probably won't be that lucky.

Victorino is due to see noted back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins Tuesday in Los Angeles, with the near certainty that he needs season-ending surgery. He underwent an MRI the other day which revealed the severity of the disk injury and will see Watkins for confirmation.

"I want to know what's going on and what's happening,'' said Victorino. "Anytime you get news that you don't want to hear, you obviously see what's going to happen. I'm going to go out there and see what he says. For me, it's never good. But it's all part of it. I tried to play through it, do the best that I could. The training staff did the best they could to try to get me back out there, but things are showing that there might be some things we didn't want to see. We'll go from there.''

After multiple disabled list stints, Victorino returned last month and played nine games before feeling something grab in his back Wednesday night. He knew then that it wasn't good.

"[The MRI results] wasn't the news that we wanted,'' he said. "Some of the things that were shown were [worse] than we had hoped for. But being out there and not being able to go, having those things hamper me. I knew something was wrong. I don't mind playing through pain, I don't mind playing through an injury, but the continuation was worrisome to me.

"The other night, when I felt it, it was kind of something that woke me up. It was kind of sharp and sudden when it happened and we obviously found out why by what the MRI revealed. So to get go another opinion from Dr. Watkins is important to me to get that next view of things. We kind of have an idea what's going to happen, but as I said, I hope it's not going as serious as I'm [expecting].''

Surgery would knock Victorino out for the rest of this season, in which he's appeared in just 30 of the first 109 games. It's unknown how long recovery time would be if he needed surgery.