BOSTON -- Shane Victorino had just been activated from the disabled list in time to start Saturday's Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader. But this wasn't the type of game that allowed him to ease back into action.
Victorino led off the bottom of the first with a single. And when Jonny Gomes clubbed one off the Green Monster, Victorino roared all the way home from first.
But as he came home, he felt a grabbing sensation in his left hamstring, the same one that forced him to the disabled list.
Victorino went into the clubhouse, where he was accompanied by a trainer. Fortunately for the Red Sox and Victorino, there was no reinjury.
Perhaps his body was just in a little bit of shock following the recent inactivity.
"We got a quick test right out of the gate in the first inning, obviously going first to home on that double," said Victorino. "I felt it a little bit there, but maybe it's just me, you know, consciously finally getting the chance to go first to home and really accelerating, but it didn't really hamper me the rest of the game. I felt it a little bit here and there, but for the most part it felt pretty good. I lasted nine and we'll go from there."
It was clear that Victorino was fine from a couple of the running catches he made in center field later in the game.
A centerfielder most of his career, Victorino got to move back to his old position for a night so Jacoby Ellsbury could get some rest.
Victorino will likely be out of the lineup on Sunday, simply because it's a day game following a night game.
To make room for Victorino on the roster, the Red Sox optioned outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Bradley, who was drafted by the Red Sox just two years ago, went 5-for-21 in his second stint in the Majors. He will resume his season for Pawtucket, where he was hitting .354 in 79 at-bats.
It was a far more successful stint than last time around, when Bradley was sent down following an 0-for-20 slump.
"It's an improvement," Bradley said. "You're always working to get better. Just getting better is the goal, and who knows what will happen."
Gomes and David Ross were also inserted into the lineup for the nightcap. Gomes batted second and played left. Ross was behind the plate, batting seventh.
This was Victorino's first game for Boston since May 20.
Farrell thrilled to see son drafted
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had a well-timed rainout on Friday. It allowed him to fully savor the fact that his son Luke, a right-handed pitcher out of Northwestern University, was selected in the sixth round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Kansas City Royals.
"An exciting day," Farrell said. "Proud of him for what he's been able to come back from, what he's accomplished and excited for his next chapter in baseball. I know he's excited to join the Royals."
Luke Farrell twice had a benign tumor removed, and had to undergo radiation treatment but is completely healthy now.
The Royals selected Luke Farrell one pick after the Red Sox took center fielder Jordon Austin.
"There were discussions all about that," John Farrell said about the possibility of Luke being taken by Boston. "I think we're, as a family, all in agreement for him to blaze his own trail as the other two have. Like I said, we're proud of him."
John Farrell's other two sons are also in pro baseball. Jeremy is an infielder in the Pirates' farm system. Shane is an amateur scouting assistant with the Cubs.