Updates from Saturday, May 24

The Red Sox provide an update on Shane Victorino’s status:

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe initially reported the news:

Original Text:

Shane Victorino may be headed to the disabled list for the second time in 2014 after the Boston Red Sox right fielder left Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

He was replaced by Jonny Gomes:

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Victorino was suffering from right hamstring tightness:

Victorino appeared to aggravate the hamstring while running down to first after executing a bunt attempt with nobody out and A.J. Pierzynski on first base. While the outfielder initially stayed in the game, he ultimately summoned for Red Sox manager John Farrell and trainer Rick Jameyson after walking back into first base on a pickoff attempt.

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe provides more details:

That’s the same hamstring the 33-year-old injured back in March, which sent him to the 15-day DL.

Victorino hasn’t been immune to the Red Sox’s struggles this season. He’s averaging .253, which is 24 points below his career average and would be the second-worst batting average of his career. Still, he’s a much better right field option for Boston than Gomes or Daniel Nava.

Although the 2014 season is barely a quarter of the way through, the Red Sox have already dealt with more than their fair share of injuries. If Victorino were forced to hit the DL, then it would be another cruel twist of the knife for Boston.

More importantly, the Sox could risk falling even farther back in the American League East after slipping to six games back of the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

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