BOSTON -- Shane Victorino will not return to the Red Sox lineup before the All-Star break and the start of his rehab assignment will be pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday, manager John Farrell said Tuesday.
Farrell said the outfielder had "increased symptoms" in his lower back this week, but responded well to treatment. Victorino sustained a slipped disk in his back during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on June 24.
"There was a tentative plan in place that had him up to five consecutive days of games played. And that was going to include a progression through the typical 2-3 at-bats all the way through a full nine innings," Farrell said. "So we're still following that guide. We didn't anticipate him back until after the All-Star break."
Victorino hasn't played since May 23, when he aggrevated a hamstring that caused him to miss the first 22 games of the season. During his most recent rehab stint, Victorino felt a "click" in his back prior to that June 24 game, but didn't think anything of it. Then when tagging up from second to third on a flyball, he felt it pop.
During Boston's 2013 World Series run, Victorino experienced lower back soreness, but described that as just a muscle spasm, different from the injury he sustained nearly two weeks ago with Pawtucket.
"I want it to be sooner than later," Victorino said last week. "I think from an aspect of making sure that I'm ready and healthy and ready to play, I have no time table. I'm hoping by the end of the homestand."
That goal has obviously been changed, as it was last month. While Victorino recovered from the hamstring injury, Farrell said he hoped to get the 33-year-old back during a seven-game West Coast trip that began on June 19.
Victorino is hitting .242/.276/.352 in 21 games with the Red Sox this season. In 2013, he hit .294/.351/.451 with 15 homers and 21 stolen bases, and won a Gold Glove.
"He's been missed. His energy, his defense, what he's done at the plate for us," Farrell said. "His vacancy has left a hole in our lineup. That's not to single out anyone else that's played in our outfield. That's to say Shane Victorino was a heck of a player for us last year. And we miss that player."
Peavy understands rumors, hopes to stay in Boston
BOSTON -- Twice in his career, Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy has been traded just prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Peavy is realistic enough to know that a third deal could well be in the works before this month ends.
Peavy (1-7, 4.64 ERA) has struggled this season and so have the Red Sox, who are 10 1/2 games back in the American League East with 72 games left in the season.
After Boston had experienced an 8-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night, Peavy sounded almost resigned to the fact that he will be on the move in a matter of weeks, if not days.
"I don't know the chances," said Peavy. "I can't really worry about it. I don't know what to expect. I certainly expect probably the same thing everyone in here talking to me probably expects."
There have been rumblings that the Cardinals, who pursued Peavy last summer before he came to the Red Sox, could be a destination.
"I don't think people are making stuff up and throwing it out there," said Peavy. "You respect what you hear. I don't read anything. I don't know what's out there. I just know that I'm getting a lot of texts and calls, people speaking to me about it. We obviously have got to respect the reality of that situation."
Peavy has been in contact with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.
"I have spoke to Ben, just getting a pulse on things. I think when you get to this point, it's a mutual respect thing of, 'Hey, this is where I stand and this is where we stand.' It's nice to not be blindsided by anything, to kind of have some feel," said Peavy. "I certainly would never disclose anything that's personal conversation until the day comes that we have to. That's just out of respect for the process. I'm here. I'm still happy to be here, although an unfortunate situation we're under. But I'll be here tomorrow, lord willing, and get to work."
Peavy loves Boston, and pitching for the Red Sox. But he also understands the business of baseball.
"We all are professionals and understand this time of year," said Peavy. "At the same time, our focus is here and trying to figure out a way, me personally, to get better, for Saturday night in Houston. And to help my teammates get prepared to win tonight."
"This will be the third time my name has really been thrown out there with a legitimate chance to be traded, and I've been traded twice previous," said Peavy. "I do understand what this is like. I don't have any anxiety if it were to happen. I'm going to handle things because I know the whole process. Like I said, it's a difficult one."
Even though Peavy is the ultimate professional, it is unsettling for any player to wonder if his life will be uprooted in the middle of the season.
"My life is in Boston -- everything I have," said Peavy. "And to pick up and move to a new city where you don't know anybody, it's challenging times for anybody. But that being said, and having been through it, there's no anxiety about any of that. I really won't comment on anything in the future until really something happens because it does nobody any good."
On July 31, 2009, Peavy was traded from the Padres to the White Sox. And last year, his deal to Boston happened on July 30.
"I'll handle it the way I handled it last year and the way I've handled it before," said Peavy. "Just try to continually not lose focus on the task at hand. The task at hand is to come here to work, to get better. It's to get ready to win your next time out. We all certainly understand the situation, the times we're in. At the end of the day, it's not our job to be wrapped up in that."
And until Peavy hears anything different, he plans on pitching for the Red Sox against the Astros on Saturday in Houston.
Peavy takes pride in pitching for the Red Sox, and that includes the good times like last year and even the struggles of this season.
"My love for the Boston Red Sox will be unbreakable," said Peavy. "When you, as a player do what we did last year, it was all I ever dreamed of doing. When you do that, this place is held in the highest regard it could ever be held in. That being said, I will always want to do what's best for the Boston Red Sox. That could very possibly be me being moved to save money for the Boston Red Sox or get a player or two or create roster space for somebody to come up and take my spot. That's the reality of the situation.
"I'll always want to do what's best for Boston, although when I told you about what was so special about last year was the brotherhood that I have with 10 or so guys on this team, and I take pride on being a man, but I hope all y'all aren't around to see me cry like a baby, because if that day does come, it's going to be tough for me to look some guys in the eye and know I'm not going to be on their team."
Workman optioned to Triple-A following loss
BOSTON -- For the second time this season, Brandon Workman has been optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
This time, the move came following his start against the White Sox on Tuesday night, when the righty gave up three earned runs over seven innings in an 8-3 loss.
Thanks to a rainout last week bunching up the schedule, the Red Sox needed to call up right-hander Rubby De La Rosa to pitch Wednesday's game against the White Sox.
Workman, who wouldn't have pitched again before the All-Star break, was the odd man out. The righty is 1-3 with a 4.13 ERA. He has kept the Red Sox in almost every game he's pitched.
"Definitely it's not ideal, it's not what I was hoping to hear after the game, but it's part of it," said Workman. "I've got to keep getting my work in, keep getting better, and get ready to throw again."
As for De La Rosa, the Red Sox hope he can pitch like he did during his last stint in the rotation, when he posted a 2.51 ERA in five starts while filling in for Clay Buchholz.
Richardson named Red Sox All-Star Teacher
BOSTON -- Paul Richardson of Crawford Middle School in Lexington, Ky., was named the Red Sox All-Star Teacher Wednesday when Major League Baseball, Target and PEOPLE announced the campaign's 30 winners, one for each club.
The program is intended to honor current and retired teachers who have made an impact on their communities and students. The winners will be included in All-Star Week activities, and will be recognized prior to the MLB All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Richardson played catcher and the outfield at Kentucky Wesleyan from 2002-05. He holds the Division II record for being hit by the most pitches in a single season (30) and ranks fifth on the all-time list (70). He had aspirations of playing professional baseball at some level, but a knee injury following his junior year ended his career.
After coaching at Lafeyette High School in Lexington for four years, Richardson stepped down to coach his two sons in baseball as they got old enough to play.
"Baseball has been the love of my life," he said. "This honor is special because it's the two things I really love. Baseball and teaching."
Richardson has been at Crawford Middle School for the last three years and has most recently been a math special education teacher. He coaches the Crawford math and academic teams. He was born in Boston before being adopted and moving to Indianapolis as a child. He still has family in the Boston area and is a lifelong Red Sox fan.
Richardson was selected from a pool of 90 finalists after fans cast their votes at AllStarTeachers.com. Target's "PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE's effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season.
Even after being selected, Richardson doesn't know who nominated him for the award.
"When I was nominated, it kind of floored me," Richardson said. "I don't think I deserve credit for a lot of things, but it was nice to see someone noticed what I'm doing."
Richardson is currently on vacation in Miami and will spend just a day at home before he heads to Minneapolis for All-Star Week.
• Farrell said Brock Holt will likely play shortstop Wednesday while Stephen Drew gets a day off against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale. It will be the sixth different position Holt has played this season.
• Facing a lefty in John Danks on Tuesday night, Farrell gave righty David Ross the start in place of A.J. Pierzynski. Mookie Betts played center instead of lefty Jackie Bradley Jr., as well. The Red Sox will face three lefties in Danks, Sale and Jose Quintana during the rest of the series against the White Sox.
Farrell said he expects to have Bradley, who is 7-for-16 in his last five games, back in the lineup Wednesday and likely every day through the weekend prior to the All-Star break.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Stephen Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.