Shane Victorino RF BOS 1 Day
Victorino is a candidate to hit leadoff, WEEI.com reports. Red Sox manager John Farrell was discussing leadoff options Friday, mentioning Victorino as a possibility along with Brock Holt and Mookie Betts.
Betts appears to be the best-suited option, but Farrell threw some uncertainty on that notion earlier this week when he said Victorino, if healthy, would be the starting right fielder. In that event, Betts would likely come off the bench. Farrell added the leadoff hitter is "going to be dependent on the opposing pitcher on a given day." We expect the starting right field / leadoff hitter jobs to play itself out over the course of spring training.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 3 Days
Victorino will return to switch-hitting in 2015, WEEI.com reports.
Victorino has almost exclusively hit from the right side since late in the 2013 season, but he seems to have trouble hitting right-handers from both sides of the plate. While the Red Sox expect Victorino to serve as the starting right fielder this season, it wouldn't be surprising to see the veteran lose a significant number of at-bats when the team faces right-handed pitching. The Red Sox have excellent depth in the outfield, including righty-mashing Daniel Nava.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 5 Days
Victorino (back) is a full-go for Wednesday's full-squad workout, The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
The Red Sox already said that, health permitting, Victorino will start in right field. Still, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 34-year-old lose at-bats against right-handed pitching, with Boston sporting a remarkably deep group in the outfield.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 9 Days
Victorino will start in right field for Boston if he's healthy, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.As a bonus, Farrell also said Victorino would likely bat lead-off if he's in the lineup, unless Mookie Betts finds a starting spot somewhere else. Victorino excelled in the second spot for the Red Sox in 2013, but you have to wonder if his age (34) could begin to catch up to him in health or production.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 10 Days
Victorino (back) arrived at training camp Wednesday, one week before he was scheduled to report, ESPN Boston reports.Victorino is coming off back surgery and understands the situation he's facing. There's a log-jam in Boston's outfield and he'll need to win the starting right field job. His main competition at this point is Mookie Betts, a converted infielder who started just eight games in right field last season, but is the team's best choice to lead off. Victorino says he's been working out, taking live batting practice and running without any setbacks.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 2 Months
Victorino (back) reports his offseason training program is going according to plan, WEEI.com reports. "So far full go. Picking up swinging this week. Throwing every day, and lifting, etc. So far, so good," said Victorino.
We'll get to see more of Victorino once spring training ramps up. It will be during the spring when we get an idea of Boston's plan for its outfield. Is Victorino going to start? Where does he fit in the mix of Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts? As it stands right now, Victorino is unlikely to get a full season of at-bats.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 4 Months
Victorino (back) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Victorino was expected to be ready for the start of spring training, and his activation all but guarantees that will be the case. He had only 123 at-bats in 2014, collecting just two home runs and 12 RBI.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 5 Months
Victorino (back) is progressing as expected.
Victorino is on track to being fully recovered once spring training begins. The right fielder missed much of the 2014 season, seeing only 123 at-bats with two home runs and 12 RBI. With months of rehab ahead of him, he has some ways to go before becoming an effective everyday player once again.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 6 Months
Victorino (back) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Monday.
With Triple-A pitching prospect Matt Barnes joining the big league club Monday, the Sox will move Victorino to the 60-day DL to clear room on the 40-man roster. Victorino, who underwent surgery last week, is expected to be ready for spring training.
Shane Victorino RF BOS 7 Months
Victorino had successful back surgery Tuesday and is expected to be ready for spring training, the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman reports.
He will need 3-to-4 months of rehab to recover from the surgery, but the team is optimistic that he'll be fully recovered by next spring. It will be interesting to see what the Red Sox do in the offseason, with a variety of outfield pieces on the books for the 2015 season, in addition to talented youngsters who will need somewhere to play.