BOSTON (CBS) — Shane Victorino did not play for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday, but the Red Sox still expect the outfielder to be back in their lineup this weekend.

Victorino, who has been on the DL with a right-hamstring strain since May 24, sat out Thursday’s Triple-A tilt with “overall stiffness” in his lower back and hamstring. But manager John Farrell said from Oakland, where Boston opened a four-game series on Thursday night, that he still expects Victorino to join the big-league club in the next couple of days.

“He went through a full day of treatment. We’re going to go through another day of treatment [Friday], likely, and everything points to him being back in the lineup on Saturday,” Farrell said prior to Thursday night’s loss. “We still intend that he will be joining us here on the West Coast. While he’s not in the lineup, I can’t say it was a setback, but we felt like we needed to get a couple days of work in.”

Victorino played three games for Pawtucket this week, going 0–for-6 at the plate with a run scored. He has played in just 21 games for the Red Sox this season, hitting .242 with a .276 OBP and 10 runs scored.



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