Victorino left Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in the fifth inning with right hamstring tightness, according to the Boston Red Sox. Allen Craig pinch-hit for Victorino, who seemingly injured himself on a stolen base in the fourth inning.
Victorino, who has had hamstring issues in the past, continues to battle injury problems. He was limited to 30 major league games in 2014 before undergoing season-ending back surgery, and the Red Sox have proceeded cautiously with the veteran outfielder early this season as a result.
Victorino was struck by a pitch before stealing his second base of the season Wednesday. The 34-year-old entered the contest hitting .147 (5-for-34) with a .293 on-base percentage.
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m. ET: Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed after the game outfielder Shane Victorino is dealing with right hamstring tightness.
The skipper said he decided to get Victorino off his feet given the physical issues he’s dealt with of late.
According to Farrell, Victorino already was scheduled to have an off day Thursday, so don’t expect to see him in the starting lineup for Boston’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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