Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will miss the remainder of the 2014 season as he was scheduled to have back surgery in Los Angeles Tuesday.
The 33-year-old played in just 30 games for the Red Sox this season, batting .268 with a .303 OBP. He hit just two home runs and drove in 12 runs.
Victorino was one of the primary forces in Boston’s run to a World Series title last season as he had 12 RBIs in the postseason.
“I tried to play through it,” Victorino told ESPN last week. “I tried to do the best I can, the training staff did the best they could to get me back out there, but things were showing [with the MRI] that there might be some things that we didn’t want to see. We’ll go from there.”
Victorino has one year remaining on a three-year contract with the Red Sox.
Victorino wasn’t the only Red Sox player in the news due to injury Tuesday as the team placed the newly acquired Allen Craig on the 15-day disabled list due to an ankle injury.
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