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Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox were not sure when Shane Victorino would return to the lineup, but they felt confident that he will not need to go to the DL according to Ian Brown of MLB.com. After missing time already this season, Victorino tweaked his knee sliding against the Twins on Tuesday (video below). As luck would have it, Victorino was in the lineup Saturday night.
The same cannot be said for 3B Will Middlebrooks. At MLB.com, Tim Healey shares that Middlebrooks will hit the DL with a fractured index finger. He fractured it on Friday on a line drive by Ian Kinsler. Ouch!
The Red Sox are hurting in other ways:
–Dave Sessions (MLB.com) explains the Red Sox are a MLB worst in stolen base percentage. They sit LAST in the AL with just 11 stolen bases. This is a complete turn around from last year where they had 123 steals and only 19 caught.
-Offensively, the Red Sox are lacking . They are 12th in the AL in batting average (.245), 12th in HR (33) and 12th in hits (341). It’s going to be difficult to defend a championship if you don’t hit. The pitching has been reasonable, including the awesomeness of Jon Lester. But, it may not be enough if John Ferrell can’t get his team’s offensive struggles turned around.