The narrative has been the same for Shane Victorino for the past two seasons; constant nagging injuries. Today, the Boston Red Sox have placed him back on the disabled list with a calf injury.
Shane Victorino back on the DL. Medical staff needs to figure out why every awkward movement by Victorino creates an injury.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) May 24, 2015
Victorino, 34, has batted .255/.379/.345 on the season. In the month of May alone, Victorino batted .450/.522/.650.
On April 25, Boston placed Victorino on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
With Victorino on the disabled list, this gives the recently called-up Rusney Castillo a chance to prove himself in right field. Jeff Bianchi has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Victorino’s spot on the roster. Bianchi, 28, slashed .302/.373/.340 in Triple-A.
Justin Masterson, placed on the disabled list on May 14, might be making his way back to Boston soon:
Justin Masterson is making “strong progress,” according to Farrell. It’s still unclear when exactly Masterson will begin a rehab assignment.
— Ricky Doyle (@TheRickyDoyle) May 24, 2015
The 30-year-old Masterson had a 6.37 ERA in 35.1 innings pitched this season. He averaged 4.84 walks per game, with a -0.1 WAR. His last outing against the Oakland Athletics on May 12 lasted just 2.1 innings, as he allowed six runs on six hits and one walk.
If Masterson were to come back healthy, the question would be weather it’s a smart move to insert him back into the starting rotation. The Red Sox have a 3.3 ERA over their past 10 games.