Will every little thing be alright? Shane VictoriNOPE
Jennifer Warner Contributing Writer
It seems the Flyin’ Hawaiian has met another obstacle on his long and seemingly endless road to recovery this season. If you were expecting every little thing to be alright before the All-Star break, then you are in for some disappointment. Shane Victorino’s rehab assignment has now been pushed back….again.
In case you have been living under a rock or just forgot Victorino was a Sox-man, Vic hasn’t played in a Red Sox uniform since May 23, when he went down with hamstring trouble, which caused him to miss the first 22 games of the season. He was then sent to Triple-A Pawtucket for a rehab stint, but ended up slipping a disk in his lower back in a game on June 24.
Manager John Farrell stated that Victorino had “increased symptoms in his lower back, but responded well to treatment.” Farrell added, “there was a tentative plan in place that had him up five consecutive days of games played, and that was going to include a progression through the typical 2-3 at- bats, all the way through a full nine innings. So we’re following that guide. We don’t anticipate him back until after the All-Star break.”
33-year-old Victorino was hitting .242/.276/.352 in the 21 games he has played with the Sox this season. He was on pace to match his stats from 2013 when he hit .294/.351/.451 with 15 HRs and 21 stolen bases. And we all remember that Victorino won a Gold Glove last year as well.
Needless to say, with the Red Sox current woes, this entire season has been a far cry from last year’s World Series Champion team. Victorino’s bat and glove have been missed. Farrell summed it up best, “His vacancy has left a hole in our lineup. That’s not to single out anyone else that’s played in our outfield. That’s to say Shane Victorino was a heck of a player for us last year. We miss that player.”
Red Sox Nation does too, Farrell. Red Sox Nation does too. Let’s all pray to the Big Kahuna that Victorino can get healthy and back on track so that we can see him back at Fenway before the start of the 2015 season.