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Shane Victorino appears headed for back surgery

Shane Victorino has been dealing with back issues for the better part of two seasons and is on the disabled list for the third time this season.

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Shane Victorino has been dealing with back issues for the better part of two seasons and is on the disabled list for the third time this season.

Shane Victorino will be getting what the team is calling a second opinion on his back injury from Dr. Robert Watkins, a specialist in Marina Del Ray, Calif. Victorino did not share details on his diagnosis but it sounds like surgery is an option, if not inevitable.

“We kind of know what going’s to happen,” Victorino said.

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Victorino has been dealing with back issues for the better part of two seasons and is on the disabled list for the third time this season. The Red Sox would seem best-served by having him get taken care of now and prepared for next season.

There’s plenty going on at Fenway Park this afternoon. A few more notes you need to know:

■ RHP Joe Kelly was added to the roster and RHP Anthony Ranaudo was optioned. Kelly will start against the Cardinals, his former club, on Wednesday in St. Louis. The Red Sox will start Rubby De La Rosa, Kelly and Brandon Workman in that series against Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright.

■ David Ross went on the disabled list because of plantar fasciitis. The good news is that he ruptured the tendon in his foot and that will help speed the healing and allow him to play. Once his 15 days are up, Ross should be OK.

■ Dan Butler was called up from Triple A Pawtucket to be the backup catcher. What a story this is. Butler, 27, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Cape Cod League in 2009. He has methodically made his way through the system since, playing six seasons. He has been with Triple A Pawtucket for parts of five seasons. Butler was a part-time player at the University of Arizona in 2009 but made himself into a strong defensive catcher.

■ Yoenis Cespedes is in left field because the Red Sox did not have time to work him out in right field before the game. Batting practice was canceled because of rain. John Farrell said the plans remains for Cespedes to be the regular right fielder.

■ Allen Craig twisted his ankle on Friday night. He probably wouldn’t have been in the lineup on Saturday anyway.

■ Infielder Kelly Johnson, obtained from the Yankees for Stephen Drew on Thursday, is on the disabled list. He is eligible to return next Thursday and the plan is for him to play rehab game on Tuesday and Wednesday before being activated.

Once Johnson is added to the roster, the Red Sox could return Mookie Betts to Triple A for regular playing time.

Follow Peter Abraham on Twitter @peteabe.
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