BALTIMORE — The Red Sox opened the season without one of their more important players Monday as right fielder Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was recalled from Triple A Pawtucket before the 2-1 loss against the Orioles.
Victorino was injured running the bases during Saturday’s final spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla. He traveled to Boston for an MRI Sunday and was examined by team doctors Monday morning. According to manager John Farrell, he has a Grade 1 (or least serious) strain.
Because Victorino played Saturday, he cannot be activated until April 14 and will miss at least 13 games.
“It’s going to require some time down. We’ll have a better read on his potential availability, I would say 7-10 days into the 15-day DL stint and see how he responds to treatment from that point,” Farrell said.
Victorino rejoined the team at Camden Yards after his exam and will visit the White House on Tuesday. But he is expected to return to Boston for therapy after that.
Bradley was optioned to the minors Friday and had yet to join Pawtucket. He flew into Baltimore Sunday night from Fort Myers.
Bradley entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth inning then struck out to end the game with two runners on in the ninth.
“It’s the first game of the season. I felt like I was ready,” Bradley said. “I saw a lot of pitches. I wish the result was better.”
Bradley hit .189 in 37 major league games last season. He was competing with Grady Sizemore for the starting center fielder position in spring training but was 9 of 57 (.158) over 19 games and sent to the minors.
The Red Sox started Daniel Nava in right field. Farrell suggested that Nava, Bradley, Mike Carp, and Johnny Gomes will all see time in right field until Victorino returns.
“Vic will be missed but we have good players ready to step in and contribute,” Farrell said.
Victorino played only 10 games in spring training following thumb surgery in December. The Red Sox also held Victorino out of games so he could go through a conditioning program designed to strengthen his lower back, groin, and leg muscles.
“We have to manage and do what we can to keep him on the field as much as possible,” Farrell said. “Every piece of information that we have doesn’t suggest there’s something wrong. He’s been banged up at times. He’s been plagued by some pulled muscles and we’re dealing with it again.”
Victorino won a Gold Glove in right field last season and hit .294 with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases. He was on the disabled list from May 21 to June 7 with a strained left hamstring.
With Jacoby Ellsbury jumping to the Yankees and Victorino out, the player on the roster with the most stolen bases last season is Dustin Pedroia with 17.
White House beckons
The Red Sox will celebrate the 2013 World Series title in style Tuesday with a trip to the White House. President Barack Obama will pay tribute to the Red Sox on the South Lawn before a reception inside.
“Pretty neat day, when you get to experience what we’re going to experience tomorrow,” Jake Peavy said. “I’ve actually been a few times, but first trip as a world champion with a group of guys that I’m excited to go with.”
Along with the players, coaches, and Farrell, the Red Sox party will include owners John Henry and Tom Werner, team president Larry Lucchino, members of the front office, and family members.
Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh and former mayor Thomas M. Menino are scheduled to attend, along with members of New England’s congressional delegation. Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts was invited but cannot attend.
“Any time you have a chance to speak to the commander in chief, that’s a rare opportunity. For all of us that are going tomorrow, to meet him in person and experience the White House, we know the reason why we’re there. It’s a fun day,” Farrell said.
It also will be a somber day as well as the Red Sox will visit wounded veterans at the Walter Reed National Medical Center.
Breslow plotting return
Lefthander Craig Breslow, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, rejoined the Sox. He will join the team at the White House before starting a rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Breslow, who is eligible to return on Saturday, said his final hurdle would be to pitch back-to-back days. He could be activated as soon as Sunday.
Breslow felt he could have been ready for Monday’s game.
“At this point it’s a baseball decision,” he said. “I understand the luxury of being prudent.”
Breslow is an old hand at chatting with the president. He attended a reception at the White House and met President Obama and while at Yale met George H.W. Bush, a former Elis first baseman, at practice.
The Team Marketing Report listed the Red Sox as having the most expensive average ticket price in the majors at $52.32, a 4.8 percent increase from last season.
The Fan Cost Index, the price to take a family of four to the game, is $350.78 at Fenway Park. That includes four non-premium seats, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, two programs, two adult hats, and parking.
That figure also is the highest in the game.
The Orioles recognized the late Paul Blair during the pregame ceremonies at Camden Yards along with public relations director Monica Barlow, who died in February.
The public address system played the song “Loser” by Beck when the Red Sox were introduced as the crowd booed. The Baltimore players came out of a gate in center field and jogged down an orange carpet.
The national anthem was performed by opera tenor Richard Troxwell before Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, threw out the first pitch.
Xander Bogaerts was the 10th shortstop to start on Opening Day in the last 12 years for the Red Sox.
The others: Jose Iglesias, Mike Aviles, Marco Scutaro (twice), Jed Lowrie, Julio Lugo (twice), Alex Gonzalez, Edgar Renteria, Pokey Reese, and Nomar Garciaparra.
At 21 years and 181 days old, Bogaerts was the youngest Opening Day shortstop for the Sox since Everett Scott in 1914. Scott was 146 days past his 21st birthday.
Bogaerts was the first 21-year-old position player to start for the Sox on Opening Day since Dwight Evans in 1973.
New Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski made his 14th consecutive Opening Day start, the longest active streak for a backstop . . . Pedroia has started eight consecutive openers at second base for the Red Sox and hit safely in all of them. He extended that streak with a single in the first inning . . . David Ortiz has started 10 Opening Days after missing last season . . . The Sox fell to 55-58-1 on Opening Day . . . The Sox are 13-25 against the Orioles since the start of the 2012 season . . . Jon Lester is 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA in his four Opening Day starts. Lester was 14-0 against the Orioles from 2006-11 but 1-4 in eight starts since.