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Shane Victorino slowed by stiffness in rehab assignment

06.20.14 at 2:18 am ET
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Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, who was scheduled to play the first of three straight games for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday as part of his minor league rehab assignment, had to be scratched due to what manager John Farrell described to reporters in Oakland as “some overall stiffness.” (“Hamstring, lower back, it’s all in there,” Farrell said of the whereabouts of the soreness.)

Victorino received treatment on Thursday and will do the same on Friday with the intention of having him play again on Saturday.

“We still intend that he’€™ll be joining us on the West Coast,” Farrell told reporters, remaining true to the statement earlier in the month that the Sox expect Victorino to play during the current seven-game stretch against the A’s and Mariners. “While he’€™s not in the lineup I cant say it was a set-back, but we felt like he needed to get a couple days of work in.”

Victorino has played just 21 games so far this year, hitting .242 with a .276 OBP and .352 slugging mark. He’s amidst his second stint on the DL due to hamstring woes.

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