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Red Sox notes: Shane Victorino suffers setback; rotation still in state of flux

06.25.14 at 10:36 pm ET
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SEATTLE — As has happened so many times this season, things didn’t go quite as planned when it came to Shane Victorino‘s health.

The outfielder suffered a setback when playing for Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday, feeling discomfort in his back. Victorino has been dealing with the ailment off and on since last season, missing a majority of spring training because of the issue.

Prior to the Red Sox‘ series finale against the Mariners, John Farrell said there was no timetable for Victorino’s return. The outfielder was thought to be on target to join the Red Sox in New York Friday before the flare-up.

According to Farrell, the Sox still would like to get back to 13 position players for the three-game set against the Yankees. It remains to be seen if the latest developments change how the Sox view a Mookie Betts, who originally wasn’t expected to get a call to the big leagues for the weekend.

“Right now, with the current position player group, we’d like to think it would be a right-handed hitter that could help balance things out,” Farrell said. “That’s why Shane’s return to us felt like a fit for a number of reasons. One, the player he is, but just the balance of right- and left-handed. So we’ll see what options are available to fix that.”

– Farrell announced the starters for the Red Sox‘ series against the Yankees will be Brandon Workman (Friday), Jon Lester (Saturday) and John Lackey (Sunday).

The manager said the plan remains to get Felix Doubront a start in the Cubs series at Fenway Park. He also noted that Jake Peavy still is slated to make his turn in the rotation Monday, although Farrell said once again that Rubby De La Rosa is thought to be part of the rotation.

“We’re still looking at getting him in the rotation by the Cubs series,” Farrell said of Doubront, who pitched two innings out of the bullpen Tuesday night. “That’s our intent. So the following question is, OK, where’s Rubby going? Rubby’s also factoring into this. We know we have to make a move, and yet, we’re not there yet.”

Mike Napoli was out of the starting lineup after fouling ball off his already-injured toe.

“When he went on the DL, he was suffering from a number of different things. One was his left toe that he banged up against the wall in Texas,” Farrell said. “He fouled a ball off his foot last night. He’s available for [Wednesday], but just felt like if we can get through a couple turns in the lineup before we need him, like I said, he is available.”

– Farrell explained prior to the game just how difficult it was to designate Chris Capuano for assignment.

“Extremely tough,” he said. “When you consider his veteran presence, as talented as he is, the success he had early on with us, and all that he represents about the game, he’s a quality individual. Releasing someone or designating someone for assignment is never an easy one, but this one, because of how he handles himself, he’s a true pro. And unfortunately, had to create the spot for Clay, it felt like this was the move to make at the time.”

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