BOSTON – Shane Victorino’s rehab assignment has been postponed for at least a day because of increased symptoms in his back, manager John Farrell said. Victorino has been limited to just 21 games this season with two stints on the disabled list because of a right hamstring strain. His last rehab start was cut short because of lower back pain for which he received an injection. He last played June 24 for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Victorino was to have started a rehab assignment on Wednesday. That has been pushed back until at least Thursday.
Farrell, who said the team had not anticipated Victorino back until after the All-Star break, regardless of this delay, said Victorino’s absence has been felt.
“I don’t want to single out just offensively,” Farrell said. “He’s been missed. His defense, what he’s done at the plate for us. His vacancy has left a whole in our lineup. And that’s not to be critical of anyone who has played in the outfield. That’s to say Shane Victorino was a heck of a player for us last year and we miss that player.”
• The Sox will name Wednesday’s spot starter after the game, with a corresponding roster move. Righthander Rubby De La Rosa is the likely call-up to make the start. The move was necessitated after Saturday's weather-induced doubleheader.
• Farrell said pitchers who are scheduled to start on Sunday, the last day before the All-Star break, cannot opt out of the pitching in the midsummer classic until they have thrown at least one pitch on Sunday. The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka is among that group. Koji Uehara will likely be the next pitcher selected to the team.
• With the Sox facing three consecutive lefthanded starters – Jon Danks on Tuesday, followed by Chris Sale, and Jose Quintana – Farrell is trying to rotate his young players – left-handed hitters Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr., and righthanders Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts – to give them all playing time.
“[We] fully expect Jackie to be back in the lineup tomorrow and probably run out the first half,” Farrell said. “We’ll probably see Brock Holt at shortstop tomorrow in place of Stephen [Drew]. So there’s going to be rotation going through with these three lefthanded starters going against us.”