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Shane Victorino strains hamstring, heads to Boston for exam

Shane Victorino (18) is greeted at the dugout after he scored in the third inning Saturday. Gerald Herbert/AP

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Shane Victorino (18) is greeted at the dugout after he scored in the third inning Saturday.

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.

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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.

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

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.
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