Shane Victorino to get a second opinion on his back; surgery a possibility

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The Red Sox may not get Shane Victorino back this season. The outfielder has been bothered by back soreness and recently went back on the disabled list. Results of a recent MRI were worse than expected, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, so Victorino will see a doctor in Los Angeles for a second opinion (this, per the Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber). Surgery is a possible outcome.

Victorino, 33, has only accrued 133 plate appearances on the season, mustering a meager .268/.303/.382 line with a pair of home runs and stolen bases, and 12 RBI. He will enter the final year of a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox, earning $13 million in 2015.

The Red Sox outfield has been a bit of a shambles this season, but they plan to use the recently-acquired Yoenis Cespedes in right field going forward, though he’s starting in left field today against the Yankees.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.