The thud made by Shane Victorino crashing into the wall in front of the Toronto bullpen was impossible for Blue Jays reliever Darren Oliver to describe without wincing.
“Ooh, he hit it hard,” Oliver said.
Victorino chased Emilio Bonifacio’s two-run, fourth-inning home run Sunday until he ran out of ground and ran full-sprint into the short fence in right field.
He crumbled onto the warning track, grabbing his midsection and grimacing. As he laid on his back, Jacoby Ellsbury ran over from center field. Dustin Pedroia ran out from second base, and manager John Farrell and trainer Brad Pearson came from the dugout. On the other side of the fence, the Blue Jays pitchers showed just as much concern.
“When you see a guy like that go into the wall hard, as pitchers you see someone do something like that, we’ve got respect for that, whether he’s on our team or the other team,” Oliver said. “We were out there, touching [the wall] and it was padded, but he hit it pretty rough. He tried to run through the wall. Hope he’s all right, though.”
Victorino remained in the game but left in the seventh inning. After the Red Sox’ 12-4 loss, Victorino went to the hospital for evaluation. He had missed seven games this season with lower back stiffness.
“The way Shane hit the wall, he started to stiffen up as the game went on,” Farrell said. “And given what he’s been dealing with low back-wise, we weren’t going to take any chances further today.”
Farrell said he expects Victorino to play in Tuesday night’s series opener at Tampa Bay. The Sox are off Monday.
Shortly before the first pitch, the Sox announced that catcher David Ross was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He took a couple of foul balls off the mask in Saturday’s loss to the Jays.
Ross said he was fine and that he would be back in a “couple days.”
“Nothing up there,” he said, joking.
Farrell said, “He felt those symptoms come on after the game [Saturday] and given his position, we can’t put him at risk with any additional foul balls or foul tips to the mask.”
The Sox recalled catcher Ryan Lavarnway from Pawtucket. Lavarnway was hitting .313 in 22 games with the PawSox.
Ortiz afforded rest
The Sox gave David Ortiz Sunday off, getting the slugger off his feet for a couple of days.
He’s played 19 games after starting the season on the disabled list with a right Achilles’ injury, and the plan has been to tread carefully. Stepping away from a 1-for-17 slump likely will do Ortiz some good as well. He came out of the gate scorching, hitting .414 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in his first 15 games.
“He gets off to a great start, goes into a bit of a three- or four-game [stretch] where he might be pulling off the ball a little bit more than he did when he first rejoined us,” Farrell said. “There’s nothing abnormal here. We’d love to think that he’s going to hit .500 for the whole year, but that’s probably going to tail off at some point.”
Bailey gearing up
Andrew Bailey likely will throw off a mound Tuesday and possibly in a simulated game or batting practice shortly thereafter, Farrell said. The team will decide from there whether he needs to make a rehab appearance . . . Pedro Ciriaco got another stamp on his fielder’s passport, taking over at first base in the seventh inning. He’s now played every position except pitcher and catcher. He made three putouts and assisted on the first out of the eighth. Things got tricky on a ball to the right side in the seventh, when Ciriaco and pitcher Clayton Mortensen both ended up covering the bag. “I just trusted myself, tried to have fun, and stayed close to the bag,” Ciriaco said . . . Dustin Pedroia is hitting .469 in his last eight games with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs. He’s reached base in 22 of 23 home games.
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