Red Sox put Victorino on 15-day DL
BALTIMORE – The Boston Red Sox put right fielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a strained right hamstring, making the move before the World Series champions opened the season at Baltimore.
Boston manager John Farrell said Victorino, a St. Anthony High School graduate, has a Grade 1 strain, the mildest of the three grades used to evaluate such an injury.
“It’s going to require some time down,” Farrell said. “Whether that is 15 days, or beyond, remains to be seen. As we tapped into our depth last year many times over, unfortunately we’re doing it on Day One.”
Victorino, 33, sustained the injury while running the bases in Saturday’s spring training finale against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla. He batted .250 (7-for-28) with three doubles, one RBI and three runs scored this spring.
The 33-year-old Victorino won a Gold Glove last season and hit .294 with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.
“He’s done such a great job for us,” Farrell said. “You’re talking about a Gold Glove guy at the top of the order.”
Victorino was on the DL last year with a strained left hamstring and played only 10 games in spring training following right thumb surgery in December.
The Red Sox recalled outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket. Daniel Nava started in right against the Orioles.
“With Vic out of the lineup we’re going to see a little bit of a rotation with all five of those outfielders,” Farrell said.