Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino could rejoin the lineup after the All-Star break and in the meantime will begin a rehab assignment this week, according to a report Monday from Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe.
The 33-year-old two-time All-Star, who hasn't played since May 23, will join Single A Lowell on Wednesday. It will be his latest attempt at returning to the field after his last assignment two weeks ago was cut short due to back soreness that had prevented him from recovering from a strained right hamstring.
Victorino played in 122 games last season and has averaged 129 games per year since making his MLB debut in 2003 with the Padres. On the season, he is batting .242/.276/.352 with one home run, 10 RBI and two stolen bases in 21 games.
The Red Sox are fifth in the AL East heading into Tuesday's game at home vs. the White Sox.