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Victorino cleared to play after hospital tests

Victorino cleared to play after hospital tests

BOSTON -- Shane Victorino, who earlier this season missed a week and a half because of stiffness in his lower back, passed his tests at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday and was cleared to play when the Red Sox open a road trip Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

Victorino was taken to the hospital after Sunday's 12-4 loss to the Blue Jays, during which he made hard contact with the right-field wall while trying to rob Emilio Bonifacio of a home run in the fourth inning. He appeared to hit his ribs on the short wall, and he immediately fell to the ground. After a visit from the training staff, he remained in the game and took his next at-bat, and wasn't removed until the seventh.

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"The way Shane hit the wall, he started to stiffen up as the game went on," said manager John Farrell. "And given what he's been dealing with, low back-wise, we weren't going to take any chances further today."

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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