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BOSTON -- Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will open a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, where he's expected to play five to seven innings in right field.

"In Baltimore, his activity ramped up and he responded well, so right now our plan is to have him play five to seven innings tomorrow," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

If things go well on Saturday, Victorino will play with Pawtucket on Monday and Tuesday. He'll likely be the designated hitter in one of those contests.

The team has taken a cautious approach with Victorino, who is on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season with a right hamstring strain.

"Getting him in right field for consecutive days is part of the plan," said Farrell.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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