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SHANE VICTORINO WILL HAVE AN MRI ON HIS RIGHT HAMSTRING after pulling up lame running the bases during Saturday's spring training finale. The timing couldn't be worse, but there's hope — at least from Victorino — that he suffered only a minor strain.
According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox will know more on Sunday when Victorino returns to Boston for the MRI and an examination. For now, they're awaiting more information while forming their contingency plans.
Manager John Farrell said Victorino would get an MRI and that outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was “on call” in case a last-minute roster move is needed.
“Until we have further information after an MRI, we’ll have more of a definitive announcement,” Farrell said.
Bradley, who was optioned to Triple A Pawtucket Friday, did not accompany the team to Baltimore Saturday night.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was among Boston's final cuts this spring after they elected to go with Grady Sizemore in center field. He would fill in admirably if called upon, which may explain why Victorino was so defiant about his injury.
“I’ll be fine. I’ll be ready to go. That’s all you guys need to know,” Victorino told reporters before walking away.
Even on one leg, Victorino may not want to risk losing some playing time.
THE INDIANS LOCKED UP CATCHER YAN GOMES on a six-year, $43 million contract, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Saturday. The deal includes two club options years, and according to CBS Sports Jon Heyman represents the largest contract ever for a pre-arbitration eligible catcher. Gomes, 26, was still two years away from qualifying for arbitration, so the contract will cover him through his arbitration years and his first year of free agency.
The deal cements Cleveland's commitment to MLB's first Brazilian born player, who they acquired in a three-player deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 3, 2012, as their everyday catcher. Former catcher Carlos Santana was moved to third base during the offseason and will handle regular duties there.
JEAN SEGURA HAS A CHANCE TO START OPENING DAY, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wants to make sure they're not pushing their starting shortstop too hard as he works back from shoulder soreness.
From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
"The medical side wants to make sure that we're doing the smart thing," said Roenicke. "'Seggy' feels like he can do it. He'll get checked out in the morning and then take some more ground balls at short. I'm definitely more positive, and he is too.
"He feels good. He looks happy about it. I think he was pleased by what happened today. With some of it, he probably needs to be smart. In ball games, if he's got a relay throw or if he's back in the hole (fielding a grounder), just don't get crazy. The normal plays should be fine."
Segura hasn't played in a major-league exhibition game since May 18, so it would be an upset if he does suit up.
OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPENED SATURDAY
• The Padres announced Carlos Quentin will begin the season on the disabled list, which opens up a roster spot for Xavier Nady.
• Chris Owings was named starting shortstop of the Arizona Diamondbacks over incumbent Didi Gregorius. General manager Kevin Towers is expected to shop Gregorius to shortstop needy teams in the coming days.
• Mets skipper Terry Collins named 24-year-old Jenrry Mejia his No. 5 start, much to the shock of Daisuke Matsuzaka.
• ICYMI: The Red Sox and Jon Lester "hit the pause button" on extension talks.
The Dontrelle Willis comeback train continues on.
One other interesting Fresno roster addition: Dontrelle Willis. He must have had a good camp to break with an affiliate.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) March 29, 2014
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