The Red Sox have activated Shane Victorino from the disabled list, sending Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Pawtucket to free up the roster spot.
Victorino has been out since May 20th with left hamstring tightness, but doesn't seem to have needed much time in the minor leagues to get back up to speed. Victorino played in just the one rehab game, but going 2-for-4 with a home run, it's not hard to see why he might feel ready to return already.
Victorino will get the start in the second half of Boston's day - night doubleheader against the Angels, with the left-handed C.J. Wilson on the mound for the Angels. John Farrell will take the opportunity to keep from overworking acoby Ellsbury, given the center fielder's recent groin injury.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was just 5-for-21 in his return to the majors, but did look improved over his terrible start to the year. If major league pitchers were still able to fool him at times, his approach at the plate looked much more like what we expected, with Bradley more an active participant than a helpless victim. Ideally the Sox won't need him again this year, but if they do, he'll hopefully have taken another step forward in that time.