Victorino will return in spring after back surgery

Victorino will return in spring after back surgery

ST. LOUIS -- Shane Victorino's thoroughly frustrating second season with the Red Sox ended on Tuesday, when he underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a bulging disc in his back.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, a noted back specialist.

Victorino will be ready for Spring Training, according to a news release form the Red Sox.

"From what I understand, there were two discs that had a slight bulge that required the procedure, so that's the extent of the information I have," said manager John Farrell.

After being a key performer for the Red Sox en route to their World Series championship in 2013, Victorino has struggled with his health from the start of Spring Training.

The underlying back issue may have created many of the hamstring issues that limited Victorino to just 30 games.

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