Victorino's hamstring flares again

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had mentioned right-fielder Shane Victorino as one of the team’s banged-up players who would profit most from having a few days off at the All-Star break.

Well, Victorino lasted three innings Friday night before being forced to leave the game against the Yankees with what the club announced mid-game as tightness in his left hamstring. Victorino was limping noticeably when he grounded into a double play as the second batter to hit in the third inning.

Daniel Nava replaced Victorino in right field at the start of the fourth inning.

“His strength tested out fine afterwards,'' Farrell said after Boston's 4-2 win over the Yankees. "The left hamstring started to grab him the inning prior to his last at bat.''

Farrell said Victorino is day to day, "as he’s been for quite a while, so we’ll check him before we make a decision on the lineup tomorrow. Didn’t feel like there was any popping sensation, nothing like that. Just felt like it was starting to cramp down on him and grab him.”

Victorino was placed on the DL for the same hamstring, retroactive to May 21, missing 17 games. That is his only DL stint, but he has started just 59 of the team’s first 98 games, sidelined due to recurring back and hamstring issues.

Victorino had spent the All-Star break in Alaska, where his wife, Melissa, is from.