Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks are both on track to be activated once their respective stints on the disabled list are up.
Victorino (hamstring) will be available June 5 and Middlebrooks (low back spasms) will be available June 8. Both will go on rehab assignments before they return. Victorino’s could start as soon as this weekend.
“Everything’s trending the right way as far as their recovery,’’ said Farrell, “and we’ll look to get each on a rehab assignment before that.’’
With the Sox headed into a National League ballpark Wednesday for the first time this season, they will likely make another move, adding an extra position player. Jackie Bradley Jr. is the likely candidate for the call-up for the games in Philadelphia, though Farrell said it hasn’t been finalized.
Since being sent to Triple A, Bradley has hit .360 with two home runs and nine RBIs, playing all three outfield positions. He was placed on the disabled list May 4 with biceps tendinitis, but since returning May 17, he has hit .438 (14 for 32) with a home run and six RBIs in eight games.
“Once he got past the shoulder tendinitis and got back on the field, he’s been swinging the bat pretty well,’’ Farrell said. “If he were to come back, it would be as an extra outfielder.’’