Victorino not expected to play for Red Sox before next week
Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, who has not played this season because of a strained right hamstring, took part in batting practice Saturday, the team reported on its website.
The only Maui-born All-Star in major league history is on the 15-day disabled list and eligible to return Monday, although his first game with Boston is almost certain to be later than that.
The 33-year-old Victorino, who also had a batting practice session Friday, will likely go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment next weekend, and possibly rejoin the Red Sox after that, the team said.
“Once we get through the end of the Chicago series (three games against the White Sox from Tuesday through Thursday), we’ll get a better read on when the potential for a rehab assignment is coming,” manager John Farrell was quoted as saying Friday.
Victorino, who underwent surgery on his thumb in December, suffered the hamstring strain during Boston’s final game of spring training. He played in just 10 of this year’s exhibition games, batting .250 with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.
In 2013, he hit .294 with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs and 21 stolen bases, and won the fourth Gold Glove of his career.