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.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.