Red Sox find themselves in even bigger hole with injuries to Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz
|05.24.14 at 3:21 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As if an eight-game losing streak wasn’t painful enough for the Red Sox, along comes another wave of injuries.
The outfielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after re-aggravating his right hamstring in the ninth inning of Friday night’s loss.
Farrell noted Victorino’s hamstring ailment isn’t as severe as the one suffered on the last day of spring training, which kept him out of action until April 24.
‘”We think through the exam so far it’s not as severe as the injury in spring training,” the manager said. ‘”In combination of the hamstring and overall physical ailments that he’s battling right now, a two-week break is needed.’”
Victorino has also been trying to manage his right thumb, that hasn’t fully recovered from last season’s injury despite undergoing offseason surgery.
Daniel Nava was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Victorino’s place on the 25-man roster.
Napoli was out of the lineup Saturday, tending to a variety of physical issues. The first baseman has experienced calf and hamstring issues. But it is the dislocated ring finger on his left hand which might have affected Napoli‘s offensive production the most.
“It’s impacted it, to what extent that’s hard to say,” said Farrell of the finger, which is still noticeably swollen. (For more on Napoli talking about the injury, click here.) “If you look at the power numbers since the injury in Chicago, it’s pretty clear. He’s one to not make excuses, but at the same time we got to the point coming off the flu and everything he’s dealing with and … he needs a couple of more days.’
Napoli entered the series with a higher on-base percentage (.398) than slugging percentage (.383) since experiencing the finger injury in Chicago, April 15. Friday night he went 0-for-4, stranding five runners.
“It’s a combination of a few things,” Farrell said. “Again, it’s going to be day to day. This isn’t a one day thing. We’re hopeful it’s not 15 [days].”
Mike Carp took Napoli’s place in the lineup at first base, hitting cleanup.
The DH wasn’t in the Sox’ starting lineup against Tampa Bay starter David Price, who actually has been better against right-handed hitters (.267 batting average against) than lefties (.319).
Farrell noted that he had already scheduled an off day for Ortiz, who has continue to battle through calf soreness.
“‘David with the calf issue, this was also a planned day to deal with that and manage it to go forward,” the manager said. “Despite the other two guys being out of the lineup I didn’t want to deviate from that. We’re dealing with each one of them individually and this is what his situation called for.”
Farrell also admitted that balancing the here and now ‘ especially with the losing streak ‘ is difficult when injuries are threatening the team’s long-term outlook.
“We fully recognize where we’re at and things that are taking place, but you have to separate the individual from what the team’ win-loss record is, particularly the streak we’re on and address their individual needs separately,” he said. “It’s compounded by the stretch we’re in, but at the same time we can’t push a guy past the point where it’s detrimental for him and the risk-reward is far swayed into the risk category.”
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