Found July 20, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Shane Victorino is probably tired of coming out of games at this point. The Boston Red Sox outfielder departed early yet again during Friday night's win over the Yankees, pulling up after grounding into a double play in the third, with his left hamstring the issue once more. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald states that this is the tenth time Victorino has left a game early this season; the only consolation for the Red Sox appears to be that the injury is not too serious. No structural damage was found and manager John Farrell suggested that Victorino had not torn anything. "He didn't feel like there was any popping sensation. Nothing like that," Farrell said. "Just felt like it was starting to cramp down on him and grab him." Both the hamstring and his back have been recurring problems for Victorino this season. The back issue flared up during April and he had to leave with a tight hamstring for the first time in the second half of May. After going on the DL to recover from that injury, Victorino hurt his back again late in June, then came out of a game with hamstring tightness in early July. The upshot of all of this is that Victorino has only played in 65 of the Red Sox' 98 games so far. It's clear that he has struggled to get to optimum physical condition but while his injuries continue to be of the day-to-day variety, it should mean more playing time for Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes. Victorino has stolen 11 bases and been caught just twice thus far this season, so he is still running when he gets on base. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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