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Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring this morning, bringing Jackie Bradley, Jr. back up to the major league team for the Red Sox season opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Victorino recovered from thumb surgery that took place in December in time for Spring Training only to injure his hamstring running the bases during Saturday’s final tune-up game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. He played in only a few games during the month of March, but because of his appearance in Saturday’s game Victorino is not eligible to return until April 15.
Daniel Nava is slated to play right field for Victorino during today’s game, with Mike Carp playing in left field. Bradley will help round out outfield depth, especially as a backup for Grady Sizemore in center. Bradley, optioned to Pawtucket on Friday, hit .158 during Spring Training. He is still in need of more at bats in the major leagues. Last year his cumulative batting average of .189 was not what the Red Sox expected from him after making quite the splash during the 2013 preseason.