By Jeff Louderback
Shane Victorino plays the game with passion and occasional reckless abandon. It is why he is a popular teammate, and it is also why he has been hampered with an assortment of aches and pains in his first season with the Boston Red Sox.
The 32-year-old outfielder departed Sunday’s game early. He apparently injured his lower back when he ran into the right field corner to make an inning-ending catch. Victorino remained in the game but was lifted in favor of pinch-hitter Daniel Nava in the eighth inning.
Victorino, who has missed 30 games already due to back and hamstring issues, is being examined in Boston today.
Bradley is hitting .310 with a .907 OPS at Pawtucket and is a defensively superb outfielder at all three spots. Brentz is batting .272 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI, and he is a natural right fielder. Mitch Maier, who can play all three outfield spots and was signed to a minor league deal before spring training, is another alternative.
Bradley is already on the 40-man roster while Brentz and Maier would need to be added.