Wall Sneaks Up On Shane Victorino In Brutal Collision That Sends Him to Hospital

Wall Sneaks Up On Shane Victorino In Brutal Collision That Sends Him to Hospital

When Shane Victorino used to make things interesting in center field at Citizens Bank Park -- and he did that with some frequency -- it seemed to happen more on plays in front of him rather than behind him. He hasn't been playing at Fenway Park nearly as long as he did in Philadelphia, and he clearly doesn't have a great feel for right field there just yet as demonstrated by the brutal collision he made with the outfield wall yesterday on an Emilio Bonifacio home run.

[VIDEO: Shane Victorino crashes into right-field wall at Fenway Park]

Either the warning track completed failed to serve its purpose or Victorino miscalculated just how close and unforgiving that wall actually is. Boston Manager John Farrell initially kept Victorino in the game following the collision but thought better of it and eventually pulled him. From NESN:

“With the way Shane hit the wall, he started to stiffen up as the game went on and given what he’s been dealing with lower back-wise, we weren’t going to take any chances further today,” Farrell said after the game.

Shane was not available to reporters following the game because he was taken to the hospital to have his ribs and back examined. And in case you were wondering how he's doing, Shane's wife wanted to report on Twitter (below) that he's doing okay and that no fence can keep the Flyin' Hawaiian down.

The Phillies and Red Sox will play a unique four-game split-city series at the end of May.

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Ben Simmons wants to play this season but says there's 'no timetable on getting healthy'

Ben Simmons wants to play this season but says there's 'no timetable on getting healthy'

Ben Simmons wants to play this season.

He expressed his interest to get back on the court while speaking to the media for the first time since undergoing surgery on a right acute Jones fracture. Dressed in a suit, he addressed his injury before the tip-off of opening night Wednesday.

There had been rumblings that Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, wanted to keep him out this season. Both Simmons and Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil debunked that thought (see story).

“I’d love to play, definitely,” Simmons said of the 2016-17 season. “As soon as I can get out there, I’d love to play."

Simmons did not give an anticipated return date. He is expected to miss three months with the injury, which involved one screw in the injured bone. Neither the team nor the rookie are in a rush. 

“There’s no timetable on getting healthy,” he said. “I’m working every day to get back and as soon as they tell me I can play is when I’ll be out there.”

Simmons has been rehabbing at the Sixers' training complex in Camden, New Jersey. He is able to work on upper-body training and massage to help the blood flow. He is focused on maintaining his strength, and noted his playing weight did not factor into the injury as some speculated. Simmons also has been watching game film and would like to improve his shot during the recovery period. 

“It’s a blessing and a curse,” he said. “Obviously it’s not the best start of my career as an NBA player, but I’m looking at it as a positive.”

New to the league, Simmons reached out for insight from other players. The first person he spoke to was Kevin Durant, who suffered the same injury. 

“He just said get advice from everybody and I’ll be good,” Simmons said. “It’s good to just reach out to people like that who have gone through it.”

Simmons watched the Sixers' home opener from the locker room, observing with a mix of patience and desire to suit up. 

“It was tough just knowing what happened,” he said. “But I’ll have my first game eventually and my time will come.”

Report: Kings called Flyers about bad goalie Steve Mason

Report: Kings called Flyers about bad goalie Steve Mason

Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.

Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.

Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.