Outfielder Shane Victorino was activated Saturday between games of the Red Sox’ doubleheader with the Angels. Victorino was placed on the disabled list May 24 (retroactive to May 21) with a left hamstring strain. Although his rain-shortened rehab assignment at Triple A Pawtucket lasted just one game, manager John Farrell didn’t hesitate to plug Victorino in at center field and hit him in the leadoff spot in place of Jacoby Ellsbury in the nightcap. Did he need more time? Well, he singled on the second pitch he saw in the Sox’ 7-2 victory.
“[Victorino] was challenged right out of the get go,” said Farrell. “I think he’d been activated about an hour and he goes first to home on the double by [Jonny] Gomes and he hit a soft spot coming around third base and it kind of grabbed him a little bit.