Shane Victorino suffered a strained left calf early in spring training with the Cubs and spent the rest of his time in Arizona trying to work his way back from the injury. He spent extended time at the Cubs’ Mesa complex after spring training camp ended in an effort to get himself in game shape.
On Friday, Shane was finally moved from Mesa up to the Cubs AAA team in Iowa. Victorino, 35, had signed a minor league deal with the Cubs in the offseason. It was thought that he might be able to add veteran championship experience to the Cubs Major League squad since he’s won a World Series title with the Phillies (2008) and Red Sox (2013).
His move to Iowa gets him one step closer to his goal of trying to get one last crack at a World Series title. As of now, he’s not on the Cubs’ 40-man roster so it would require the Cubs to move some things around to get him up to the Major League team. For now, he’ll continue to try to work his way back with the Iowa Cubs. It’s possible that he could make an appearance on the Cubs this season but that will depend on how well he plays in Iowa.