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Victorino could return for Sunday's series finale

BOSTON -- As the saga of Shane Victorino's injuries continues, the Red Sox know they have to deal with them, and they will.

Left hamstring tightness the latest of his body's ailments, Victorino was out of the lineup against the Yankees on Saturday, but he will not go to the 15-day disabled list as the Red Sox continue to work around Victorino's health concerns while letting him continue his aggressive style of play.

Manager John Farrell said that Victorino, who has played in 65 of the team's 98 games this season, could return as soon as Sunday.

"It's a situation that he's managing, and our medical staff is confident he's not at further risk of long-term issues," Farrell said.

Victorino has been something of a crash-test dummy with right-field walls this season, though his most recent injury came during Friday's 4-2 win over the Yankees, when Victorino pulled up lame chasing a fly ball.

"But he's come in today feeling better than I think he even anticipated after coming out last night," Farrell said. "We're hopeful and expect him to be in the lineup tomorrow."

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @Michael Periatt.
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