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Nagging injuries have pinched the Red Sox roster and forced them to make a handful of moves on Friday.
Lower-back spasms sent third baseman Will Middlebrooks to the 15-day disabled list along with outfielder Shane Victorino (retroactive to May 21), who had been dealing with a strained left hamstring. Infielder Jose Iglesias and righthander Alfredo Aceves were called up from Triple A Pawtucket.
Middlebrooks had an MRI Friday morning after leaving Thursday’s 12-3 loss to the Indians. He already had been dealing with side soreness after colliding with catcher David Ross two weeks ago.
“Our medical staff felt best-case scenario, this was going to be a minimum of probably three to five days just to get ahead of it,” manager John Farrell said. “The fact that we’re a position player short, manpower and his current situation, those combination of factors [determined] this needs to be a DL.”