Victorino cleared to play today
BOSTON (AP) – Shane Victorino has been cleared to play for the Boston Red Sox after the St. Anthony High School graduate crashed into the right-field wall at Fenway Park on Sunday.
“So I think I won Shane vs Wall this time lol,” Victorino wrote Monday on Twitter, adding, “Thanks for all the tweets, I’m okay and back in action tomorrow!!!”
The 32-year-old Victorino ran hard into the fence while pursuing a ball hit for a home run by Emilio Bonifacio during the Toronto Blue Jays’ 12-4 win over Boston. Victorino appeared to land ribs-first on the short wall, his glove flying into the visitors’ bullpen.
The Red Sox said Victorino was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital, where tests on his ribs were negative. He has been cleared to play in the opener of a three-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays today. Boston was off Monday.
Victorino, a two-time All-Star selection, remained in the game after the two-run homer in the fourth inning. He was replaced in the seventh.
Victorino is batting .308 this year, and has hits in each of his last five games. Earlier this season, he missed a week and a half because of stiffness in his lower back.
Victorino’s 92 home runs and 204 stolen bases are the career records for Hawaii-born major leaguers, and he is second in RBIs, needing 13 to surpass Mike Lum’s total of 431.