LOWELL — He is a two-time World Series champion, who authored one of the most memorable home runs in Red Sox history, and made Bob Marley the unlikely sound track to Boston’s stunning run to the world title a season ago.
Last night, Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino found himself at LeLacheur Park in Lowell. The veteran made a rehab start for the Spinners as he continues to battle his way back to Fenway Park following a right hamstring injury.
“I feel great,” he said after the game, an 11-3 loss to the Connecticut Tigers. “It’s great to be back out there running around. I hit a little setback a few days ago, but I have to remember I have to go through the process so I can perform and stay healthy in the majors.”
After emerging as one of the catalysts to last year’s World Series run, Victorino has appeared in just 21 games for the Red Sox so far this season due to the recurring hamstring issues that have nagged him since spring training. And his absence has left a gaping hole in a Sox outfield that has struggled to find any offense.
“It stinks man,” he said. “It’s part of the game, but it’s been rough. I am part of the problem (with the lack of production). I haven’t been out there to help them. I want to get back out there, swinging the bat and enjoy playing baseball with the guys I love being around.”
Victorino played five innings in right field for the Spinners last night, going 0 for 3 with a pop out, a ground out and a fly out. He also showed some of his speed, nearly beating a out an infield single.
“It was fun,” he said. “It was great to talk to the guys about the game and just listen to them talk about baseball. I told them that the odds are against you, and you have to give it your all and nothing is impossible. Being around them reminds me nothing is handed to you, and you can’t take this game for granted. You have to work for everything.”