Shane Victorino RF BOS 2 days ago

Red Sox manager John Farrell continues to assert that Victorino, if healthy, is the starting right fielder, the Boston Globe reports. Victorino played a third consecutive game Monday night, the first time he's done that all spring.

Farrell is sticking by his original comments made at the outset of spring training, but did hedge slightly Monday when he said "at this time" Victorino is the starter. This, despite the impressive display of Rusney Castillo since he returned from an oblique injury. While Victorino has managed to pick up the intensity and game-speed the last week, Castillo will eventually wrest the starting spot from him.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 4 days ago

Victorino played in the first of what the Red Sox want to be three consecutive games on Saturday, the Boston Globe reports.

Victorino went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk while moving well down the line. There have been more than few signs this spring that Victorino is a health risk in 2015 -- an early set back in February, the decision to hit solely from the right side, and that he hasn't played two consecutive days in the field. With Rusney Castillo lurking, it may only be a matter of time before Victorino is a full-time backup.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 7 days ago

Victorino is not expected to open the season on the disabled list, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.

Victorino has been dealing with a bit of leg soreness this spring, after experiencing several consecutive seasons plagued by various lower body injuries. The Red Sox fortunately have the depth provided by Mookie Betts, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley and Daniel Nava to turn to if they change their mind, but one thing seems clear -- Victorino won't be an everyday player in the upcoming season.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 1 week ago

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's still trying "to get a better gauge on" Victorino's durability, the Providence Journal reports. "The one thing we're still trying to get our arms around is, what's the overall durability inside of a given week? How many games played can we plan for?," said Farrell.

Victorino has yet to play two consecutive games in the field and recently, Boston has introduced Rusney Castillo to right field. Depending on Victorino's status when the regular season starts -- disabled list or part-time player -- the Red Sox can cover right field with Castillo, Daniel Nava or Allen Craig.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 1 week ago

Multiple scouts have said Victorino doesn't look right physically, ESPN Boston reports.

Victorino played in back-to-back games for the first time during the spring season, but served as a designated hitter Monday. He's 3-for-19 in eight spring games.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 2 weeks ago

Victorino will abandon switch hitting again and bat only right-handed, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports.

Cafardo indicates the decision is health-based and not performance-based, so a switch back for Victorino could still be in the cards if the wear and tear lightens. Victorino's performance against righties suffered last year as an exclusive right-hander, hitting .241/.289/.361. That line was a downgrade from his .274/.317/.389 line against righties as a left-hander in 2013.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 2 weeks ago

Victorino has been noticeably more careful in spring games since experiencing some soreness in his legs, the Boston Herald reports. "I think a little bit guarded at times," manager John Farrell said of Victorino's approach yesterday. "Again, he's coming off a back surgery, so first game out, you know, he reverts back to when he was 100 percent healthy and has a little bit of setback. Now we're taking steps, progressive steps, with him, getting back to full speed."

Victorino, who had back surgery last August, began training camp like he always does -- playing all out -- and that resulted in some soreness in his legs. He has since tempered his all-out effort until he's back to full speed. In addition to his health, Victorino is also dealing with being a full-time left-handed hitter this spring, something that may be a factor in having just one hit in 13 at-bats.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 3 weeks ago

Victorino (leg) emerged from Tuesday's game with no issues, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

John Farrell said Victorino was "clean, fine, no issues" after the game, and he's slated to play next on Thursday in Bradenton.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 3 weeks ago

Victorino (leg) will not make the trip Monday to play the Cardinals in Jupiter (Fla.), the Boston Globe reports.

Victorino, who was rested for the two days over the weekend, had been scheduled to play Monday, but the Red Sox are giving him another day. That means we should expect to see him play Tuesday at home in Fort Myers.

Shane Victorino RF BOS 4 weeks ago

Victorino felt tightness in his legs after sliding into the bag while going from first to third on a single in Friday night's game, WEEI.com reports.

Victorino kidded with reporters Saturday, admonishing himself for such an aggressive action playing in just his second game since coming off back surgery last August. "Second game in seven months and I'm going first to third on a bang-bang play?" Victorino said with a wry laugh. "What's my problem?" Victorino, who took batting practice Saturday, will get Sunday off before heading across state Monday to play the Cardinals.