“I’m taking it one day at a time,” Victorino said. “I ran pretty well today.”
Victorino also is getting stronger after losing 10 pounds thanks to a nasty case of the flu. He will travel with the team to Chicago on Monday and hopes to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment late next week.
“I need to get my timing back. Might need two or three games, get some baseball activity under my belt and be ready to go right after,” Victorino said. “I want to get back out there. That’s all I know.”
* Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, on the disabled list with a strained right calf, also took batting practice and then did some defensive drills. “I’m not ready to run yet but I felt good swinging the bat,” Middlebrooks said. “I’m getting there.”
*Grady Sizemore was back in left field on Friday, his second consecutive day at a position he had not played since 2003 in the minors.
“There are a few things different about it,” he said. “You have to play the line and the wall. You see the ball differently than you do in center. It’s a different angle. But I can play out there fine.”
When he signed with the Red Sox, Sizemore told team officials he was amenable to playing left field or right field, so Farrell’s decision was no surprise.
“I told them I would do whatever they wanted and I would be ready no matter what,” Sizemore said. “I’ve worked on it when I would and tried to make sure I’m prepared."
* MLB Players Association director Tony Clark issued a call for commissioner Bud Selig to investigate anonymous comments regarding the value of free agents Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales.
“I am angered that numerous anonymous baseball executives have blatantly and intentionally violated our collective bargaining agreement by offering to ESPN comments about the free agent values of Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales,” Clark said. “These statements undermine the free agent rights of the players and depress their market value.”
MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred answered back a few hours later.
“Over the years, I have learned that it is a waste of time to pay attention to anonymous quotes which may or may not be genuine,” he said.