Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will wait a little while longer before starting his rehab. Manager John Farrell says Victorino is “not running at 100 percent yet”, per WEEI’s Alex Speier. The Sox were hopeful that Victorino would need the minimum 15 days before being activated on June 5, but mid-June is now a more realistic expectation. He has not played since May 20, when he left in the sixth inning against the White Sox.
In Victorino’s place, the Red Sox have been relying heavily on Daniel Nava in right field. Since May 21, Nava is hitting .318 with a .922 OPS in 54 trips to the plate.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.
The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.