Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino missed 15 days earlier this season with a right hamstring strain and then had to be scratched from two games this past week due to tightness in his left calf. That calf injury is now being called a strain, and it is sending him back yet again to the 15-day disabled list.
Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox beat writer at the Providence Journal, shares the roster move …
Victorino has appeared in just 50 of a possible 205 games over the last two seasons due to a variety of leg and back problems. This latest absence will give Rusney Castillo, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 22, a good opportunity to show whether he’s ready to be an everyday big leaguer.
If Castillo plays to his potential, Victorino might not have a starting job when his health returns.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.
When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.
With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.
Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.
“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”
Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.
Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.