Shane Victorino returned to game action on Friday night at Hadlock Field, beginning a rehab assignment with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs after being placed on the disabled list by the Boston Red Sox in late April with a strained hamstring. Victorino went 0-for-3 in his return, with a strikeout and two runners left on base.
Injury problems have plagued the 34-year old outfielder since joining the Red Sox, playing in only 164 games since signing with the team before the 2013 season.
“Yeah, It’s one of those things, it’s part of the game,” Victorino told reporters after the game. “Hopefully this is all past me [and] I can get back out there — being the natural person I am, I want to be out there every day, but again, we gotta be smart.”
Victorino started in right field while hitting second in the lineup and remained in the game for three at-bats despite cold and windy conditions.
“It was a little chilly out there tonight,” he said. “There wasn’t much action for me, other than that ground ball right at first base — hopefully tomorrow we’ll pick up a little more, get a little more action out there.”
Victorino plans to be in the lineup for the Sea Dogs again tomorrow afternoon when they take on the New Britain Rock Cats in game two of the series and expects an outing similar to Friday night’s.
“I think we will have two or three [at-bats] tomorrow too. We’re not really going too much farther than that,” he told Baseball Essential. “But like I said, we will see how I feel tomorrow, and maybe I can squeeze out an extra at-bat. I think more importantly is just following the plan that we have.
“It will be interesting to see [how I] bounce back from a night game to a day game. Like I said, I will be ready to go for the 1 o’clock game.”
In 12 games so far this season for the major league club, Victorino is batting .143/.302/.171 with a double and two runs batted in.