Right fielder Shane Victorino is not expected to land on the disabled list with an injured left knee but may not be available to the Red Sox for a few more days.
Victorino missed his second consecutive game on Friday, sitting out a 1-0 loss against the Detroit Tigers. He had an MRI before the game. Manager John Farrell said the tests showed swelling in the joint.
“He’ll be fitted for a brace to wear. We’ll check him [Saturday] on his availability,” Farrell said.
Victorino was initially injured on Saturday in Texas when he slid awkwardly into third base in the fourth inning. He aggravated the injury in Minnesota on Tuesday sliding into third base to complete a triple in the sixth inning and jammed his leg on the base.
Victorino stayed in the game and had two more hits. He then played all nine innings on Wednesday but was unavailable on Thursday.
Farrell said the knee “is still a little bothersome” for Victorino.
“The recommendation of the medical staff was to hold him out [Friday] at a minimum,” Farrell said.
Victorino started the season on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring but has hit .292 with a .733 OPS since returning. The Sox are 9-6 in the 15 games he has played. The lineup gained traction with Victorino batting second behind Dustin Pedroia.
Grady Sizemore started in right field against the Tigers with Mike Carp in left. Sizemore was 0 for 4.
Victorino offered little comment on his condition when approached in the clubhouse.
“I should be fine,” he said. “We’ll see.���