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.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.