Victorino a few rehab games away from return to Sox

Victorino a few rehab games away from return to Sox
July 17, 2014, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Shane Victorino (back, hamstring) appears to be a couple of consecutive games away from re-joining the Red Sox.

He was in the PawSox lineup Thursday night, batting second and playing right field.

"Ideally we see him play back-to-back games before we would activate him," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday at the team's workout at Fenway Park. "So how he comes through tonight has a lot of bearing on that. And ideally he's back in the [PawSox] lineup tomorrow."

Farrell said that while they would prefer Victorino to play back-to-back, nine-inning games, they'll "start" at just simply back-to-back appearances in the event that Victorino is pulled from the game in the later stages.

If Victorino does in fact return to the Sox this weekend, it couldn't come at a more needed time.

The Sox are hanging on for dear life, entering the second half of the season last in the AL East at 43-52, 9.5 games back. The outfield production has been abysmal all season, forcing the team to move infielder Brock Holt to the outfield and call up Mookie Betts, another converted infielder, for assistance, as well.

Still, Victorino has struggled down in Pawtucket. Going into Thursday night's game, he's just 1-for-21 (.048) in seven games.

With numbers like that, he'll fit right in with the Red Sox offense . . .