BOSTON – Right fielder Shane Victorino is not in the starting lineup and likely not available off the bench Friday night for the start of the Red Sox’ three-game series against the Tigers at Fenway Park.
Victorino tweaked his left knee sliding into third base in the fourth inning on Saturday in Texas, going from first to third on David Ortiz’s double. He stayed in the game that day and in the lineup for the next three games. He aggravated his knee sliding into third on a triple on Tuesday but stayed in the game and played Wednesday. He was out for Thursday’s series finale in Minnesota.
Victorino was being examined Friday afternoon.
“He’s going for some imaging to try to get a better read on what he’s dealing with,” said manager John Farrell. “At the recommendation of the medical staff is to hold him out today at a minimum. And hopefully information we get back, this is a short-term situation.”
With Victorino out, Grady Sizemore is playing right field, batting second. Mike Carp is in left field, batting fifth. With Jackie Bradley, Jr., in center field the Sox will have an all-left-handed-hitting outfield against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.04 ERA).
Bradley has never faced Scherzer before, while Carp is batting .182 (2-for-11) and Sizemore is batting .125 (1-for-8) against him.
Scherzer has actually been slightly more effective this season against left-handed batters than righties. Lefties are batting just .191/.276/.330 while righties are .208/.250/.354.