clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Shane Victorino has successful thumb surgery

The Red Sox right fielder will be ready to go when the team heads to Fort Myers.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino had successful nerve release surgery on his right thumb on Monday, according to the team.

Victorino began experiencing pain in his thumb in mid-September, which left him day-to-day at that time, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. The injury caused him to miss several games late in the season, but he was never placed on the disabled list because of it. Victorino played in all but two of Boston's postseason games.

The injury may have had some negative effects on his performance, however. After recording six hits in 14 at-bats in the ALDS against the Rays, Victorino slumped badly in the ALCS, hitting just .125/.192/.292 over 26 plate appearances and then struggled again in the Word Series with a .154/.313/.231 batting line. This issue certainly wasn't the only possible cause for the 33-year-old outfielder's drop-off in production, though. He was hit by pitches seven times in the postseason, including four times in the four games against Tampa Bay.

The operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland, Ohio. With this successful surgery behind him, Victorino will be ready for spring training on time.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Neyer: Will Montreal really get a new MLB team?

Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka may stay overseas

Neyer: Should sluggers react to infield shifts by bunting?

Yankees react to Cano's "respect" quote

Death of a Ballplayer: Wrongly convicted prospect spends 27 years in prison