It looks like things for the Red Sox aren’t getting much better. You would think it wouldn’t get worse than an eight game losing streak, but it does. The Boston Red Sox have placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. In a corresponding move, the Red Sox called up outfielder Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket.
During the ninth inning of last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Shane Victorino came up awkwardly while attempting to run out a bunt attempt. He stayed on base for two pitches, but was taken out of the game shortly after.
This is Victorino’s second stint on the disabled list already this season and it is only May. He started out the season on the disabled list because of another right hamstring injury that he had suffered during spring training. He ended up missing the first three weeks of the regular season with the injury.
With Victorino on the disabled list, Jonny Gomes will likely start in right field, while Grady Sizemore starts in left. Recently called-up Daniel Nava will also factor into the corner positions. Nava returns for his second stint with Boston this season, as he was sent down after starting off the season with just ten hits in 67 at-bats through seventeen games in early April.
Shane Victorino is in his eleventh major league season and his second season in Boston. This season, he has been hitting .242 with one home run and ten runs batted in twenty-one games. In his eleven big league seasons, Victorino has a career .276 batting average with 1222 hits, 106 homers and 480 runs batted in.