Shane Victorino Exits Game With Back Tightness, Will Be Reevaluated on Sunday


April 20, 2013

Shane Victorino, John FarrellJonny Gomes kicked off the Red Sox? eighth-inning rally on Saturday, but he wasn?t in the game from the start. Gomes entered as a pinch-hitter for Shane Victorino, whose back apparently stiffened up.

Victorino dropped down a sacrifice bunt with the Red Sox trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning. The bunt got the job done, but Victorino ended up hurting himself a bit.

?On the bunt play, when he laid down the bunt, he came out of the box twisted a little awkwardly [and] started to tighten up a little bit in the lower back, and [for] precautionary [reasons] we got him out of there,? Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Saturday?s game. ?So we?ll reevaluate him in the morning. Whether or not he?s available [Sunday] will be determined at that time.?

Victorino was replaced by Gomes when he was slated to lead off the bottom of the eighth. The Flyin? Hawaiian had been 0-for-2 to that point.

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