After missing much of last season as well as this year, Shane Victorino is finally getting closer to making a comeback for the Red Sox. Victorino was put on the 15-day disabled list on May 24 with a left calf strain, and hasn’t played since. The Sox outfielder has also missed some time with a bad right hamstring. He is expected to play Wednesday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox, and if everything goes as planned, we should see him in a Boston jersey soon.
Victorino’s injury problems started last season when he only played a total of 30 games. Sox fans were excited to see his name on the opening day roster this season, but were disappointed shortly after when he was yet again sent to the bench with an injury.
Victorino came to the Red Sox in 2013. During that year, he was one of the best players not only on the Sox, but in the league. He played 122 games with a .294 batting average, and was also hit by 18 pitches, which led the league. He even got some consideration for the MVP of the league, coming in twenty second in the voting, and won a Gold Glove for his defensive efforts in the outfield.
He may be remembered most for his play during the Red Sox improbable run to their 2013 World Series title. He had the two biggest hits of the playoffs that year. During the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, Victorino hit a Grand Slam in the eighth inning to put the Sox up two runs, and then followed that up with a three-run double in the World Series clinching game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sox fans have not seen Victorino play a full season since his first season with the team. Hopefully, if he can stay healthy he can be the spark that starts the Sox on a positive run. Because with the way this season is going, everyone knows that something good needs to happen soon.