Victorino activated by Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have activated right fielder Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

To make room for him, the club optioned outfielder Mookie Betts to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 33-year-old Victorino, a St. Anthony High School alumnus, batted sixth and finished 1-for-3.

“Anytime we get Vic back in our lineup, it’s going to give us a boost,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Victorino, a key part of Boston’s offense last season in its run to the World Series title, appeared in just 21 games before going on the disabled list May 24 with a right hamstring injury. During his time on rehab assignments, he had a few setbacks with his leg and back.

“I’m at this point where I worked hard to get where I’m at,” Victorino said. “I’m not the kind of guy that can carry a load, but I’m going to try and be as good of a guy as I can be to help this team win.”

Victorino is hitting .245 with one home run and 10 RBIs after opening the season on the DL, also with the right hamstring injury.

Prior to Saturday’s game, he tweeted: “Excited to be back tonight! Ready to hear that Fenway crowd get loud.”

Betts hit .235 in 10 games with one home run and two RBIs.