Red Sox Notebook

Shane Victorino sidelined after injuring back again

DETROIT — The Red Sox may have lost Shane Victorino to injury again.

The right fielder, who has missed 30 games this season with back and hamstring injuries, was pinch hit for in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 7-5 loss against the Tigers.

Victorino injured his lower back in the fourth inning when he ran into the corner in right field to make a catch to end the inning and leave two runners stranded. He crashed into the wall and stayed in the game for three innings before leaving.


“General soreness, general tightness,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “That’s why he couldn’t swing the bat.”

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Victorino has been a productive player when healthy, hitting .285 with a .342 on-base percentage. But he was on the disabled list from May 21 to June 8 with a hamstring strain and earlier in the season missed nine games because of a back injury but did not go on the DL at the time.

Farrell said Victorino would get a full examination from team doctors Monday.

Daniel Nava hit for Victorino and struck out with a runner on second.

Nava was out of the starting lineup for the second time in four games. He has been dealing with a thumb injury. Nava is 3 of his last 30, the slump dropping his batting average to .274.

No move yet


Franklin Morales remained on the active roster a day after he strained the pectoral muscle on his left side and came out of the game.

It’s the second time this season Morales has had that injury, the first coming in April when he was pitching in a minor league game. It kept him out three weeks.

With the team off Monday, the Red Sox delayed making a move until team doctors could get a look at Morales in Boston. That will include an MRI.

“He’ll go through a complete workup [Monday] then we’ll determine if there’s a roster move at that time,” Farrell said.

Play of the day

Victor Martinez, playing first base for only the fourth time this season, made one of the best defensive plays of the season in the sixth inning.


Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ball hard down the line that Martinez dived for. The ball rolled away from him and Martinez flipped the ball behind him blindly with one hand while on his knees.

It went right to pitcher Drew Smyly covering the base and Ellsbury was out.

Ellsbury patted Martinez on the shoulder as he went past.

Skid snapped

Dustin Pedroia was 0 for 16 against Tigers starter Justin Verlander in his career before he reached on an infield hit in the third inning.

Replays showed he was out by a half-step, but Pedroia signaled he was safe as he crossed the bag and umpire Scott Barry agreed.

Pedroia was for 0 for 11 against Mariano Rivera before a single May 31. Pedroia’s longest career 0-for is now 0 for 16 against Dan Haren.

Webster Saturday?

For now, Farrell said, the Red Sox plan to start Allen Webster against Toronto on Saturday. The rookie righthander gave up five runs on eight hits over 4 innings against the Tigers Saturday night.

Webster is 0-2 with an 11.25 earned run average in three starts but has shown flashes of promise. The Sox have several options for the game, including putting Alfredo Aceves back in the rotation. He is 3-0 in his last three starts, allowing three earned runs over 17 innings.

“Right now it’s Webster. We haven’t sent him [down],” Farrell said. “He would be the guy in line. As of today he’s scheduled to make his next start.”

Idle time

Sunday was the fifth time in the last six games that Will Middlebrooks did not play. With Jose Iglesias now the established third baseman, the 24-year-old Middlebrooks may be better served to play every day at Triple A Pawtucket. The Red Sox have utility infielder Brock Holt on the 40-man roster.

Map for Buchholz

Clay Buchholz (right trapezius) will “clearly” need a minor league rehabilitation assignment, according to Farrell. Buchholz hasn’t pitched since June 8 and that layoff could require at least two bullpen sessions before he gets into a game. He is at least 10 days away from rejoining the rotation . . . David Ortiz was 3 for 5 and is 12 for his last 28 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs. His batting average is back up to .316 . . . Iglesias was 0 for 3, but he was hit by a pitch in the second inning and that extended his streak of reaching base successfully to 26 games . . . Red Sox pitchers allowed 27 runs (23 earned) over 33 innings in the series . . . Righthanded reliever Clayton Mortensen, who went on the disabled list June 11 with what the team said was a groin strain, has pitched two games for Triple A Pawtucket. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk Saturday night at Toledo. Mortensen is eligible to return Thursday.

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