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Shane Victorino strains hamstring

Shane Victorino strained his hamstring during Saturday’s spring training finale.
Shane Victorino strained his hamstring during Saturday’s spring training finale.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right fielder Shane Victorino strained his right hamstring in the third inning of the final spring training game of the season Saturday and is headed to Boston for an examination Sunday.

Victorino was injured while rounding first base after he doubled to left field and left the game following the inning.

Manager John Farrell said Victorino would get an MRI and that outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was “on call” in case a last-minute roster move is needed.


“Until we have further information after an MRI, we’ll have more of a definitive announcement,” Farrell said.

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Bradley, who was optioned to Triple A Pawtucket Friday, did not accompany the team to Baltimore Saturday night.

A somber Farrell didn’t speculate on the severity of the injury. “We’ll have more information once he’s examined,” he said.

Victorino was more upbeat. “I’ll be fine. I’ll be ready to go. That’s all you guys need to know,” he told reporters before walking away.

Victorino was on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain from May 21 to June 7 last season. He played only 122 games because of assorted injuries and then had surgery on his right thumb in December.


Victorino was held out of spring training games until March because of a conditioning program designed to prevent the back, groin, and leg injuries that bothered him last season.

Victorino played only 10 spring games and had 28 at-bats. The Gold Glover hit .294 last season with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases.

Workman gets spot

The Red Sox believe righthander Brandon Workman has a bright future in their rotation. But for now, he will start the season in the bullpen.

Workman was the final addition to the Opening Day roster. The 25-year-old allowed only two earned runs in his final 10 innings of the spring.

“Obviously, it’s exciting to be on the team for Opening Day,” he said. “Not only [that], but then to be able to be a part of the stuff we have coming up. That’s really cool. I’m really happy about it.”


That “stuff” includes a visit to the White House Tuesday and the home opener at Fenway Park Friday when the players will receive their World Series rings.

Workman appeared in 20 games last season after being called up in July and pitched 8 innings in the postseason without giving up a run.

Farrell suggested that Workman eventually would return to starting, either with the Red Sox or Pawtucket.

“One thing that we’ve outlined to Brandon and have committed to internally is that we don’t want the back and forth,” Farrell said. “Once that time period shifts him back to a starter, we want him to remain in that role just for long-term health and minimizing any potential risk.”

Said Workman: “[Farrell] sees me as a starter and he wants me to be in that role. I know that’s the long-term plan they would like. Right now I’m in the bullpen so I’ll throw the ball there.”

That shift could come quickly if lefthander Craig Breslow is ready to come off the disabled list Friday, when he is eligible to be activated.

With the starters still building up their durability, the Sox wanted relievers with the ability to go multiple innings. Workman and Chris Capuano can fill that role.

The Red Sox finished their cuts by releasing righthanded reliever Francisco Cordero and reassigning outfielder Corey Brown, lefthander Tommy Layne, infielder Mike McCoy, and righthander Brayan Villarreal to Triple A Pawtucket.

The 38-year-old Cordero was out of baseball last season after pitching poorly in 2012. He accepted a minor league contract from the Red Sox just before the start of camp. In eight games, Cordero had eight scoreless innings and allowed only five hits and one walk while striking out eight.

But Cordero did not do enough to convince the Red Sox to change the makeup of their bullpen. He was offered a spot with Pawtucket but declined.

Ortiz sits out again

David Ortiz missed his second consecutive game with what the team described as a right calf strain. Ortiz played in only one of the final five games of spring training.

“He’s much improved. If we’re in the regular season, if this is Monday, he’s playing,” Farrell said.

Ortiz was 2 of 37 in spring training with 13 strikeouts. The designated hitter was hitless in his final 22 at-bats.

“What do you think?” Ortiz said when asked if he would play Monday. “I’m fine. I’ll be there.”

They’re invited

The Red Sox invited Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh and former mayor Thomas M. Menino to join the team at the White House Tuesday . . . Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who was optioned to Pawtucket Friday, was told he would be playing mainly first base early in the season. The Sox want to see more of Christian Vazquez and Dan Butler behind the plate . . . The Sox released 37-year-old submariner Shunsuke Watanabe from minor league camp. The former Japanese league standout appeared in three major league games this spring.

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