The fact that Victorino was in the clubhouse prior to Game 1 instead of with Triple-A Pawtucket certainly bodes well for his chances to start Game 2. Not to mention, the Red Sox do not like the idea of having Jacoby Ellsbury playing back-to-back games in the outfield considering he is dealing with a nagging groin injury.
“We’re still balancing Jacoby’s availability, you know, not only day to day, but with two games in one day, we’ve got to try to balance that out with a left-hander going tonight in [C.J.] Wilson,” said manager John Farrell, according to RedSox.com. “There’s a scenario that has Shane in center field tonight.”
Victorino has been sidelined with a strained left hamstring since May 20. The 32-year-old had to be removed from the 6-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox after he felt tightness in his hamstring. He suffered the injury while running from first to third base in the sixth inning.
“It seems like if it’s not one thing, it’s another right now,” Victorino said after the loss, according to RedSox.com. “That’s what’s frustrating for me. What is it? I just want to get back to being healthy and being out there and being a healthy player and feeling good. I don’t think this is anything serious, nor do the trainers. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.”
Hopefully, Victorino can stay healthy for a while after dealing with several injuries this season. As long as he does not overwork his hamstring Saturday night, he should be able to contribute during the contest.
Victorino is batting .283 with two home runs, 10 RBI, four doubles, four stolen bases and 20 runs in 127 at-bats.