Victorino to undergo season-ending back surgery

Victorino to undergo season-ending back surgery
August 5, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has missed all but 30 games this season with hamstring and back injuries, and the team just announced that he’ll undergo season-ending lower back surgery.

Victorino was very good in the first season of a three-year, $39 million contract, hitting .294 with 15 homers, 21 steals, and an .803 OPS in 122 games as the Red Sox won the World Series, but he’ll end up missing 132 of 162 games this season and will enter next year as a big question mark at age 34.

His uncertain status for 2015 no doubt played a part in the Red Sox acquiring Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig at the trade deadline, and with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts also around (plus Brock Holt andDaniel Nava) it’s unclear how Victorino would fit into their outfield plans. Victorino is under contract for $13 million next season.

-- NBC's Hardball Talk

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