After leaving Saturday's game with back stiffness and missing both games of Sunday's doubleheader, Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino left a game again last night with the same problem.
According to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com, Boston manager John Farrell said Victorino's replacement was "precautionary":
"His back tightened up again in the last at-bat,"
manager John Farrell said. "Not as severe as the last time when he missed
the game. We took him out for precautionary reasons. We'll check him again
tomorrow. But smart move on his part, when he felt it, to just shut it down at
Drellich reported that Victorino felt his back tighten up during his at-bat in the bottom of the sixth. The team has given no indication as to whether Victorino is likely to sit out as a result. The Red Sox face the Houston Astros at 6:35 ET on Thursday evening. On Sunday, it was Daniel Nava who replaced Victorino in right field, with Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp each getting a start in left, so a prolonged injury absence for Victorino could see all three getting more playing time. Carp replaced Victorino in the lineup during the game last night, with Nava again moving to right.
Victorino, 32, has played in at least 130 games with over 500 plate appearances in each of his last six seasons, but has only played more than 150 three times in his career. He has just two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 19 games for the Red Sox so far this season, giving him a lowly slugging percentage of .319.
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