Shane Victorino has rough night in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Shane Victorino knows he’ll be in Boston on Wednesday.

Whether he’ll be activated for the Red Sox game against the Yankees has yet to be determined.

“I’ll be up there [Wednesday], seeing the trainers and we’ll go from there,” Victorino said Tuesday night after playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox in what was scheduled to be his third and final rehab game.


If this was Victorino’s farewell performance at McCoy Stadium, it wasn’t memorable. He was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and he made an error in right field as the Rochester Red Wings rallied for a 7-5 victory.

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In his three Triple A games, Victorino, who is rehabbing a right hamstring strain, hit .091 (1 for 11, with one infield hit) replete with 0 walks, 3 strikeouts, and he grounded into a double play.

“The outcome of what goes on down here doesn’t really matter,” said Victorino, who has been on the disabled list seven times in his career. “I’ve seen guys come down here in the rehab process, and I’ve been there before where I’ve swung the bat great down here and gone back up to the big leagues and didn’t get a hit for a while.

“I think it’s just a matter of getting comfortable.”

Victorino’s ability to get his timing down, given his long stint on the DL, was the least of manager Kevin Boles’s concerns.


“Shane Victorino has been a quality major leaguer for a long time,” Boles said. “The good hitters will hit. I don’t think that’s too much of a concern.

“It’s not so much results of performance. It’s more along the lines of how the health is. From what we saw tonight, and how he was tested, again there were a lot of positive signs. His timing will come back. It was good to see that he said he felt fine.”

Victorino, who batted in the No. 2 slot, jumped on a 3-and-1 fastball by lefthander Logan Darnell in the first inning and drilled a shot that sailed just wide of the left-field foul pole.

Victorino then looked at a third strike on what appeared to be a low fastball.

Victorino had another good hack in the third when he got in front of a 0-and-1 fastball and lined it foul off the façade above the third base luxury boxes.


But Darnell changed speeds on a 2-and-2 pitch and fanned Victorino on a breaking ball that was clocked at 81 miles per hour.

Victorino grounded to short in the fifth and waved at a third strike from Yohan Pina in the seventh.

“No panic, pal,” Victorino said. “I’ve been around too long [to panic]. But, hopefully, we’ll figure it out.

“I take it one day at a time. Today wasn’t the day I wanted. But tomorrow could be a better day.”

While Victorino bemoaned not getting any balls hit to him in right field after Monday’s game, he had several hit his way Tuesday.

In the seventh, for example, he sprinted back and snared a shot off the right-field fence by Chris Rahl.

“Everything felt great,” Victorino said. “I definitely got tested today in right. I had a couple of plays out there.

“My body feels good, so we’ll go from here.”

Boles felt Victorino “passed” all his outfield tests.

“He was tested out there in right field, having to run at those balls in the gap and he was tested on a fly ball toward the line,” Boles said. “To see him move and react, there were a lot of positive signs out there.”