8/8/2014 10:05 P.M. ET
Victorino feels like new man following surgery
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Just three days after undergoing surgery on two discs in his back, Shane Victorino walked around the visitors' clubhouse on Friday at Angel Stadium chatting with teammates and acting his usual jovial self.
"I'm happy to see the guys and be around the clubhouse," said Victorino, who was decked out in a Hawaiian shirt and neon orange sneakers. "I want to be around the game I love."
After noted back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins performed the surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Victorino said the shooting pain that ran down his legs because of the bulging discs is now gone.
Victorino's limited to just to walking for the next month and has been told not to bend, lift or twist his body. After that, he'll start back at square one on a core program.
"It's definitely something I have to get used to," Victorino said. "I'm always up and moving. I always have to remember that this is a process."
Limited to just 30 games this season because of hamstring and back injuries, Victorino hit .268 with two home runs and 12 RBIs.
Told the recovery period on his surgery will be between three to four months, Victorino expects to be ready for the start of Spring Training.
"I'm very confident that I can be the player I was before the injury. This is very new for me. I've never had this kind of major surgery. I woke up fresh and felt ready to go after the surgery," Victorino said. "My mindset is to be ready for 2015 and to have the best year I can."
Sox taking conservative approach with Craig
ANAHEIM -- No new findings were discovered after outfielder Allen Craig visited Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., for a second opinion on his left foot sprain, manager John Farrell said on Friday.
Since placing Craig on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, the Red Sox have taken a conservative approach. That's because it's the same foot he injured late last year, forcing him to miss most of the playoffs.
"He hit the bag the other day, which obviously caused the irritation," Farrell said. "Upon his return, we will take every step to ramp up his baseball activities and get him back on the field as soon as possible."
Craig was en route to the West Coast before Friday's series opener against the Angels and is expected to go to Cincinnati when the team plays the Reds next week.
"We can't deny the fact that the injury was sustained last season," Farrell said. "The most important thing is that no increase was seen from what was known and seen before."
As Craig continues to improve with each passing day, Farrell is optimistic about his prognosis.
"We just want to get him back on the field and playing," Farrell said. "Then we'll see if we have any residual effects."
• Farrell said on Friday that he's optimistic catcher David Ross will be able to join the team once his stint on the 15-day disabled list is up.
Ross was placed on the DL on Saturday with right plantar fasciitis, an injury he's dealt with multiple times this season.
"He is progressing well, to the point that he will likely see some rehab at-bats before the 15 days," Farrell said. "That is a realistic expectation."
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.