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Victorino removed for precautionary reasons

Victorino removed for precautionary reasons

BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino exited Wednesday night's 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays for precautionary reasons.

Manager John Farrell didn't like the way Victorino was moving around in the outfield, so he sent Daniel Nava to pinch-hit for him in the fifth.

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"He started, after his final at-bat, when he went out and played the next inning in right field, you could tell that there was a little bit of change in his gait," Farrell said. "He wanted to continue on, but given what he's come through, took it out of his hands just to be extra cautious."

Victorino has had a hard time staying healthy all season. He was on the disabled list from March 30-April 23 with a right hamstring strain, and again with that same injury from May 24-July 19.

The right fielder is hitting .268 with two homers and 12 RBIs.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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