The Boston Red Sox have announced today that outfielder Shane Victorino will undergo surgery to repair his lower back, and will miss the rest of this season. This just adding to the lengthy list of injuries that the 33 year old has suffered this season.
Victorino enjoyed great success in his first season with Boston in 2013, batting .294 with an .801 OPS in 122 games. This season has been a different story, as the Hawaiian native has appeared in just 30 contests.
Victorino signed a 3 year, $39 million dollar contract with Boston before last season, but it appears that his status for 2015 could be in jeopardy. The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig at the Trade Deadline, and with Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. also in the mix, Victorino may be the odd man out. There would certainly be plenty of teams interested in the right fielder, who is known for his scrappy play and on base skills.
In this injury plagued season, Victorino owns a .268/.303/.382 slash line, to go along with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs. If nothing else, this injury will allow a Boston team, that’s heading nowhere, the ability to give these young outfielders some playing time in these last 2 months.