Whenever anyone leaves the middle of a game in the days leading up to the MLB trade deadline, the immediate assumption is that they were just traded.
It doesn’t appear that Shane Victorino is going anywhere, so when Daniel Nava came up to hit for Victorino in the bottom of the fifth, it means something wasn’t right with the Sox' oft-injured rightfielder.
Victorino had been 0-for-2 in the ballgame before he was pulled. He appeared to be dealing with a limp as he ran out a grounder in the bottom of the third, possibly re-injuring the hamstring that landed him on the DL for almost two months.
Before anyone could jump to a trade conclusion, the Providence Journal’s Brian MacPherson put the kibosh on rumors that Victorino was out of town, stating that he didn’t engage in the tradition of teammates honoring someone who was just dealt.
Shane Victorino was not observed to have given or received any #hugs before or after leaving the game.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) July 31, 2014
In his postgame press conference, John Farrell said that Victorino was removed from the game for precautionary reasons. Victorino had been playing very well since coming off the DL on July 19, hitting .367 in eight games with a .406 OBP going into Wednesday.