More health issues for Shane Victorino, as Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com was told by Red Sox manager John Farrell that the veteran outfielder was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Rangers due to “general overall soreness” which is “centralized somewhat” in his left calf. That’s a pretty specific description for something so general. At least it isn’t his back or hamstring again. The hope is that he’ll be ready to go soon.
Victorino hasn’t started a game since Sunday against the Mariners, but that’s because he’s only been playing against lefties. He was slated to do that tonight with Wandy Rodriguez on the hill for Texas, but now Daniel Nava will play right field. The wait for Rusney Castillo continues.
Victorino is 8-for-19 (.421) with a homer and a double since returning from the disabled list earlier this month.
The Pirates are officially shutting down Chris Archer for the season, GM Neal Huntington revealed Sunday. It’s more of a formality than anything else, but, as the Pirates are currently out of postseason contention, there seems to be no point in forcing the right-hander to accelerate his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.
Archer, 30, sustained the injury in late August and was initially projected to return sometime during September. He’s been throwing from flat ground over the last several weeks, but there had been no indication that he was ready to resume starting duties for the club. He’ll end his 2019 run with a 3-9 record in 23 starts and a 5.19 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, 10.8 SO/9, and 0.7 fWAR across 119 2/3 innings pitched; not his worst performance to date, but a considerable step down from the sub-5.00 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the Rays and Pirates in 2018.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pirates will soon wrap up their fourth consecutive non-contending campaign. Following Saturday’s brutal 14-1 loss to the Cubs, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason qualification. They last reached the playoffs in 2015, though it’s been six years since they advanced past the wild card tiebreaker and 27 years since they advanced past the Division Series.