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.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.