MASH Unit: Victorino still out; hope for Ellsbury return; Middlebrooks on track

The Guru
Contributing Writer

Don’t expect to see Shane Victorino crashing into any outfield walls anytime soon.

Victorino is still out with a strained hamstring. His rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket has been scratched. Manager John Farrell said Victorino is "still not running at 100 percent" and will not be activated from the DL when first eligible. It's now looking like Victorino won't be able to return until mid-June.

Daniel Nava will continue to play right field in his absence. Nava is hitting .296 with eight home runs and 37 RBI.

Jacoby Ellsbury missed his third game Sunday with tightness in his groin. Ellsbury is feeling better and is hoping to be ready for Tuesday’s game against the Rangers.

Will Middlebrooks out since May 23 with back spasms took batting practice on the field before last night’s game. Assuming he can avoid a setback, Middlebrooks will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

It should be interesting to see what the Red Sox will do with infielder Jose Iglesias who is hitting .434 and hit his first home run in Sunday nights win over the Yankees. Pedro Ciriaco is out of options and could be released.

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