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.
Ichiro Suzuki is now a Mariners employee and, as such, he’s not allowed to sit in the dugout during a game. That’s for coaches and players only.
He knows that, too. Indeed, on the day Ichiro announced his sorta-retirement, he talked about how it was going to be hard not to be down on the field with the other players. He even made a ridiculous joke about how, “[he] can’t say for certain that maybe [he] won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”
In related news, this mysterious stranger was seen by an Associated Press photographer in the Mariners dugout during the first couple of innings of the M’s-Yankees game:
No beard, but I guess that joke was not very ridiculous after all. Either way, by the end of the second inning — poof — he was gone.
Obviously, when something interesting like this happens you mustache an expert for their opinion on the matter. To that end, the Associated Press reached Bobby Valentine, who famously did the same thing after an ejection way back in 1999, for comment:
“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”
Valentine was suspended for two games and fined $5,000. I’m assuming Ichiro won’t get hit quite as hard given that he wasn’t defying an umpire’s authority, but even if he does have to pay a fine, he’ll likely do so willingly.