Shane Victorino missed the first 22 games of the season with a right hamstring strain and the Red Sox aren’t going to rush him back after he landed on the disabled list over the weekend with the very same injury.
According to Jen McCaffery of MassLive.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell said this afternoon that Victorino’s hamstring is responding to treatment. However, they plan to be “a little more cautious” with his timeline since it’s a recurring injury. As a result, he might need more than the minimum 15 days before coming off the disabled list.
With Victorino sidelined, the Red Sox are relying on a combination of Jackie Bradley, Jr., Grady Sizemore, Jonny Gomes, and Daniel Nava in their outfield. Boston’s outfielders entered play tonight with a .219 batting average, which is the lowest in the majors.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.