The Boston Red Sox activated Shane Victorino from the disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, according to a report by Joon Lee of Over The Monster. Victorino hasn't played since May 23 due to a nagging hamstring injury and several setbacks that stalled his rehab assignment.
Victorino has played in only 21 games this season, hitting only .242/.276/.352. He started the season on the DL and was in and out of the lineup, preventing him from ever getting a good rhythm at the plate, before being shut down when he re-injured the hamstring. A healthy Victorino was a key part of last year's championship team and his presence has been sorely missed. Even when he's not hitting, he still serves as one of the best defensive right fielders in the game.
Mookie Betts has been sent back down to Pawtucket to make room on the roster for Victorino. Betts flew through the minor league system this year, prompting unreasonable expectations upon his arrival. He hasn't lived up to the hype, hitting .235/.278/.382 while getting sporadic playing time. He still has loads of potential, but clearly needs more seasoning in the minors and has to get back to playing everyday in order to develop. He won't get that chance here with Victorino back and Jackie Bradley, Jr. finally starting to show some signs of life at the plate. Betts was rushed to the majors out of desperation to try to save the Red Sox struggling offense. Now they can afford to let him develop in Pawtucket and rejoin the team when he's ready.
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