Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was forced to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain and it sounds like he won’t be ready when he’s first eligible on April 15.
Victorino hasn’t suffered a setback with his hamstring, but he hasn’t been able to do much recently due to a nasty bout of the flu. According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Victorino did some cardio work and received treatment today. The hope is that they’ll have a better idea about a possible minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week.
Jackie Bradley, Jr. was originally ticketed for the minors before Victorino’s injury, but he could make it a tough choice for the Red Sox if he continues to swing a hot bat.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.
It’s not known yet what kind of contract the two sides are negotiating. It could be a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, a non-guaranteed major league contract, or a guaranteed major league contract.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.