The Boston Red Sox have announced the outfielder Shane Victorino will undergo season-ending lower back surgery. Victorino has struggled through various injuries this season, hitting only .268/.303/.382 in 30 games. Boston has missed his bat near the top of the lineup and his elite glove in right field. He was placed back on the disabled list on August 1st as part of a flurry of roster moves made by the Red Sox in the fallout of the trade deadline.
In addition to the loss of Victorino, the Red Sox have also placed Allen Craig on the disabled list. He turned his ankle rounding first base in a game against the New York Yankees on Friday – his first and only appearance in a Red Sox uniform since he was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals as part of the John Lackey trade. Outfielder Corey Brown has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Craig on the roster.
Boston still has some depth in the outfield, despite these heavy losses. In addition to the recently promoted Brown, the roster includes Yoenis Cespedes, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Brock Holt, Daniel Nava and Mookie Betts.
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