Victorino aims for Texas

TORONTO -- Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will not play in the remainder of the Toronto series, which will make it seven games since he last played, but manager John Farrell said he is optimistic Victorino will be in the lineup when the Sox play the Rangers in Texas on Friday night.

Victorino did some hitting against soft toss Wednesday and is scheduled to take regular batting practice Thursday, Farrell said. If that goes well, the expectation is that he will return to the lineup.

Victorino told reporters that an MRI taken of the affected region of his lower back showed some inflammation in the disk but that it “feels a lot better day to day."

The possibility remains, of course, that the Sox could place Victorino on the disabled list and date it to April 25, the first day he missed.

“It’s getting to the point where a decision has to be made," Victorino said. “My goal is to play the first game in Texas."