Victorino was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup with back tightness. The outfielder has been plagued by numerous injuries for months, but has continued to play through them. Victorino, however, felt his back lock up in the fifth inning of Game 3, and the injury continued to bother him the next day.
If the Red Sox were playing under AL rules, Victorino may have still been in the lineup. The outfielder, however, did not want to leave his manager shorthanded, telling MacPherson:
"I thought I could go, but if in the third or fourth inning I'm locked up, then we lose me, we lose a bench guy, so we lose two guys. Me being a National League player, I understood that. Let's let Jonny go. Let me do my exercises seeing if I could get better, and if there's a pinch, maybe I can help."
The Red Sox have not announced whether Victorino will be in the Game 5 lineup.
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