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Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has season-ending back surgery

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has season-ending back surgery Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino underwent season-ending back surgery Tuesday, the team announced

Victorino, in his second season with the Red Sox, played only 30 games this season because of back and hamstring issues. 

The 33-year-old missed the first three weeks of the season. He returned to action on April 24 and played until he re-aggravated his hamstring on May 23. Victorino returned from the disabled list again on July 19 and batted .344 in nine games before back ailments forced him to the disabled list again. 

Victorino is under contract for next season. He tweeted a picture of himself before his surgery Tuesday:

The Red Sox acquired two major league outfielders in separate deadline deals: Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig. Craig was placed on the disabled list Monday. 

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