Victorino sent to hospital for examination

BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was sent to an area hospital for further evaluation Sunday after slamming hard into the right-field wall during a 12-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Team officials would not elaborate on the exact nature of Victorino’s injury other than to indicate that Victorino’s ribs would be examined.

There was one out and a runner on first in the top of the fourth inning when Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio got a hold of a Ryan Dempster offering, sending Victorino racing to the wall. Victorino never slowed up, crashing into the short fence in front of the Toronto bullpen as Bonifacio’s drive landed beyond it for a two-run homer.

Victorino immediately crumpled to the ground. After a lengthy delay, during which he was surrounded by teammates and trainers, Victorino surprisingly stayed in the game until the Sox made several defensive changes to start the seventh.

“With the way Shane hit the wall, he started to stiffen up as the game went on,” manager John Farrell said. “Given what he’s been dealing with lower back-wise, we weren’t going to take any chances further today.”

Victorino missed seven games earlier this season with a lower back strain. Farrell indicated that Victorino should be ready to play Tuesday, when the Red Sox open a nine-game road trip at Tampa Bay.