Victorino undergoes surgery to release nerve in thumb

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has undergone surgery to release a nerve in his right thumb.

Boston said Dr. Thomas Graham operated in Cleveland and that Victorino, a St. Anthony High School alumnus, is expected to be ready for spring training.

“Shaka time fans, wanted to let you know surgery went well. Hope to be ready to go for Spring Training. ALOHA,” Victorino posted on Twitter.

Victorino hit .294 with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in his first season with the Red Sox, and his three-run double off the Green Monster sparked Boston to its Game 6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals and its third World Series title in 10 seasons.

Victorino was limited to batting only right-handed for part of the season because of the thumb issue.

He said he intends to switch-hit next season.

Victorino, a two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, also won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.

He signed a three-year, $39 million contract during last off season.