If the struggling Red Sox were hoping that some reinforcements could be on the way back from injury soon, Friday’s developments did not provide any good news.
Outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who have been on rehab assignments down in Pawtucket, have both been shut down from all baseball activities, manager John Farrell said on Friday.
Victorino, who was scratched from Wednesday’s PawSox game, has been experiencing pain in his lower back while trying to come back from a right hamstring strain. Middlebrooks has been shut down due swelling in the broken finger that landed him on the DL.
Middlebrooks was hitting just .197 in 21 games this season when he broke his finger in mid-May. Victorino injured his hamstring trying to beat out a bunt in Tampa on May 23 and was placed on the DL the next day.
Middlebrooks had played nine games for the PawSox and was hitting .207 in 29 at bats. Victorino, who played in seven games with Pawtucket, had just one hit in 21 at bats, while also going 0-for-3 in a game with Single-A Lowell.