Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino suffered a setback on Wednesday from chronic hamstring and back issues and there is currently no timetable for his return, team beat reporter Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald tweeted Wednesday night.
Victorino, a two-time World Series Champion, has been out since May 24 and was due to return from the disabled list Friday for Boston's series opener in New York vs. the Yankees. Instead, the two-time All-Star will remain on the DL and stay out for an indeterminate amount of time. In his latest bout with back pain, Victorino, 33, was scratched from a game at Triple-A Pawtucket last week because of general stiffness in his back.
In his place, Boston could look to call up prospect Mookie Betts, who is batting .321/.402/.457 at Pawtucket as he makes the transition from second base to center field.
At 35-43, the Red Sox were fourth in the AL East heading into Wednesday's game in Seattle vs. the Mariners.
Stop me if you've heard this before: Shane Victorino has had a setback. Back soreness. No timetable for return #RedSox— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) June 26, 2014