7/21/2014 6:55 P.M. ET
Victorino gets a break from Rogers Centre turf
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO-- Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was not in the lineup for the series opener against the Blue Jays on Monday after playing a pair of games over the weekend for the first time since late May.
The right fielder, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain May 24 and suffered a back injury while on rehab, returned for the final two games of the three-game series against the Royals.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said a four-game series on the Rogers Centre turf means the club will monitor the 33-year-old a little closer than usual.
"He's come out of the last four days feeling very good and if needed, he could play today," Farrell said. "But we want to be cautious, and we have to manage it as best we can."
Victorino, who was also on the DL with a right hamstring injury to begin the season, was 3-for-7 over two games against the Royals and appears to have his timing back after a 10-game rehab assignment with Class A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket. He batted sixth in both games since his return.
"He's back to health and he's swinging the bat well," said Farrell. "And it looks like his timing is pretty good right now after not an extended rehab assignment. Given what he's missed, I think he's come back to us doing a very good job."
Victorino is hitting .255 with one homer and 10 RBIs. Brock Holt started in right field Monday.
Red Sox sign first 21 picks from '14 Draft
TORONTO -- For the first time in at least 20 years, the Red Sox signed their first 21 picks from the First-Year Player Draft.
In total, Boston inked 31 of 41 selections from the Draft as the Friday signing period for drafted players passed. The team's signing bonuses totaled $7,814,800. Since 2002, the Red Sox have dished out $93,999,083 in bonuses to drafted players, the fourth-highest in the Major Leagues over that period.
First-rounders Michael Chavis (26th) and Michael Kopech (33rd) are with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox. Chavis, a shortstop, has played in nine games and is hitting .065 (2-for-31), while Kopech, a right-hander, has pitched three scoreless innings over two appearances.
Second-rounder Sam Travis is hitting .292 through 29 games with Class A Lowell. The first baseman was selected 67th overall after his junior season at Indiana University.
Fourth-rounder Kevin McAvoy (134th) has also suited up for the Spinners. The right-hander, who was taken out of Bryant University, has appeared in three games and has pitched six scoreless innings.
Of the 31 signed players, 14 are pitchers. The other 17 include five catchers, five outfielders, three shortstops, three first basemen, and one third baseman.
Boston signed eight draftees out of high school and 23 from college, including three in junior college.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.