Red Sox place Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks on DL

Both Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks have been placed on the DL.
Both Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks have been placed on the DL. (USATSI)

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Before Friday's game against the Indians, the Red Sox made a series of roster moves. The biggest names were those of outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks, both of whom have been placed on the 15-day disabled list. In corresponding moves, shortstop Jose Iglesias and reliever Alfredo Aceves were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Victorino, who is disabled retroactive to May 21, is out with a left hamstring strain. Middlebrooks has a lower back strain.

Additionally, the Red Sox activated catcher David Ross from the seven-day concussion disabled list and optioned catcher Ryan Lavarnway back to Pawtucket.

Victorino, 32, dealt with lower back stiffness toward the end of April, which forced him to miss seven games. And now he hasn't played since Monday with the hamstring issue. Let's not forget the rib issue after running into the wall (twice).

When he has played, though, Victorino has been good. He's hitting .283/.343/.362 with four doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 20 runs in 34 games this season.

Middlebrooks, 24, is having a rough sophomore season. He's only hitting .201/.234/.408. Though he does have eight homers and 21 RBI, his strikeouts (54, against only seven walks) and recent back spasms have been an issue.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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