After a strong debut season with the Boston Red Sox, Shane Victorino had a 2014 to forget and has struggled out of the gate to begin 2015. His year suffered another setback Saturday as the veteran outfielder headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury.    

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Victorino Goes on DL

Saturday, April 25

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reported that the Boston Red Sox placed Victorino on the DL.

In 43 plate appearances, the 34-year-old is batting .143 with two runs batted in and two stolen bases. He suffered a hamstring injury during a stolen base attempt last Wednesday, April 22, in the 5-7 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Last year, he had back surgery in August that wiped out most of his season.

“No player wants to be hurt and watch the game they love from the bench,” Victorino said, per Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. “I think the situation was getting better. I thought we were heading in the right direction with my back. It was feeling good. The frustrating part for me is things coming out of the blue, like [getting hurt] stealing a base.”

Daniel Nava has started in right field for the Red Sox over the last two games, and it seems likely that he and Allen Craig are the best bets to replace him for the time being.

Should Victorino’s injury prove to be more serious, or if his struggles continue into the summer, Boston will almost certainly call up Rusney Castillo from Triple-A.

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