Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Shane Victorino’s back issue might not require a disabled list stint, but the Red Sox should continue to take a cautious approach with the veteran outfielder. They can afford to play it safe. Victorino will once again be out of action on Friday. He tweaked his back during Saturday’s game against the Royals, and the injury caused him to miss the next two games. Victorino then returned to play in the following three contests, but he was removed from Wednesday’s game when he tweaked his back again, and he didn’t play Thursday night. Manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game that a DL stint isn’t on the table yet, and perhaps it won’t be. It’s looking like Victorino could be out until at least Tuesday, though, which means some additional playing time for Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp is likely forthcoming. The Red Sox will miss having Victorino in the lineup, and the hope is that he’ll quickly get over his lingering ailment. But since we’re talking about a 32-year-old who goes full-throttle every play and whose speed is an asset, there’s no sense risking making matters worse at this point, especially with the lowly Astros in town and other viable outfield options waiting in the wings. Victorino has proven to be a very nice pickup for Boston. He has gone just 3-for-18 over his last five starts, but his season average sits at .292, and he has come through in some big spots. Victorino is second in the American League with a .563 average (9-for-16) with runners in scoring position, and his .361 road average is good for 10th in the AL. With Jacoby Ellsbury leading off and Victorino in the No. 2 hole, life has been very difficult for opposing pitchers when facing the top of the Red Sox’ order. Ellsbury leads the majors with 10 stolen bases, and the Red Sox can really get creative and aggressive with the speedster because of Victorino’s ability to handle the bat. Victorino also has plenty of speed himself, which is a major reason why he has yet to hit into a double play this season. Where the Red Sox will miss Victorino the most is in the outfield. The Flyin’ Hawaiian won three Gold Gloves from 2008 to 2010 while playing center field, and his transition to right field has gone very smoothly. Victorino has demonstrated plenty of range and a quality arm that’s responsible for him racking up three outfield assists this season (third in the AL). The Red Sox will continue to go with some combination of Gomes, Carp and Daniel Nava in Victorino’s absence. Gomes is really the only one of that bunch to endure struggles, and more playing time could help him right the ship. Nava leads the club with a .310 average and a .425 on-base percentage, and Carp has made the most of his limited opportunities by hitting .500 (8-for-16). Boston should be able to weather the storm from an offensive standpoint. Any missed time for Victorino is less than ideal, but the Red Sox need to handle the situation with a long-term outlook. It’s difficult to replace Victorino for a few games, but it would be even more difficult to replace him for an extended period of time. Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLBPA reacts to Kris Bryant's minor league assignment

Gregg Marshall's show canceled, Bama speculation grows

Report: Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

Report: Rick Barnes expected to land at Tennessee

Demaryius Thomas planning to skip Broncos' workouts

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rockets GM: We think we can win NBA title despite injuries

Browns GM Ray Farmer suspended over text messages

Aaron Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box after murder

Byron Scott: Opposing players say they want to play for Lakers

Falcons reportedly will lose pick over pumping in crowd noise

Report: Sam Bradford wouldn't sign extension with Browns

WATCH: Stars' Patrik Nemeth catches puck inside visor

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

University of California soccer player found dead

Joe Namath parties with twin 100 year-old women

WATCH: Mike Napoli hits home run as bat shatters

WATCH: Marc Gasol misses shot, rips jersey in disgust

PHOTO: Minor league team to wear Jabba the Hutt jerseys

Lions LB DeAndre Levy takes ride on top of a moving plane

Colts owner addresses Indiana religious freedom bill

John Calipari addresses controversial ND comments

Arizona coach Sean Miller rips critics: 'Go cheer for ASU'

Report: NFL could push extra point back to 15-yard line

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Rick Barnes to land at Tennessee?

Browns GM suspended for texts

Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box

Mayweather-Pacquiao: It's sparring tall-tale season

The MLBPA has a problem

Final Four preview: Can every team win?

Full WrestleMania 31 recap and results

Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.