Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was shut down from a minor league rehab assignment two weeks ago due an issue with his lower back, but he’s on the verge of returning to game action.
Victorino has made progress in recent days following an epidural and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe passes along word that he’s scheduled to resume a minor league assignment Wednesday with Class A Lowell. There’s a chance he could rejoin the Red Sox after the All-Star break if all goes well.
Victorino was originally placed on the disabled list on May 24 after he aggravated a right hamstring strain that gave him a late start on the season. The 33-year-old is batting just .242/.276/.352 with one home run, 10 RBI, and two stolen bases over 21 games this year.
The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.
Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.
While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.