Shane Victorino will bat exclusively right-handed in games for now.
Victorino hasn't made an official decision about whether to give up switch-hitting, as he'll continue to practice hitting lefty. He has hit better from the right side during his career and enjoyed success in righty-on-righty scenarios in a small sample last year, so he'll deserve a boost in fantasy leagues if he finally scraps it.
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Shane Victorino will make his spring debut in Monday's Grapefruit League game.
Victorino has been brought along slowly this spring following offseason thumb surgery. He has also been working on strengthening his groin muscles, which gave him some trouble last season. It's worth noting that Grady Sizemore is batting leadoff Monday, not Victorino or Daniel Nava, but this could just be a way to get him as many at-bats as possible. On the other hand, it could be a sneak preview of what John Farrell has in mind for a potential lineup.
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Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Saturday that Shane Victorino is seriously considering ditching switch-hitting for the 2014 season.
The 33-year-old outfielder was forced to hit almost exclusively from the right side late in the 2013 season due to a leg injury, and the results were encouraging as he hit .300/.386/.510 with six homers and 14 RBI in 100 at-bats as a right-handed hitter against same-handed hurlers.
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Shane Victorino (core) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut early next week.
The Red Sox have been focused on strengthening Victorino's core this spring after last year's back and hamstring problems. He's been going through normal drills and is nearly ready to test things out in a game.
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Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Shane Victorino (core) is going through "normal everyday activity."
The Red Sox are easing Victorino into things this camp after last year's back and hamstring problems. The club says he's suffered no extra stiffness or other setbacks, so it sounds like he should make his Grapefruit League debut soon.
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Shane Victorino (core) is expected to take batting practice on Tuesday in Red Sox camp.
Victorino was held out of workouts for over a week because of concerns about his core strength. It could just be a precautionary thing here in early March, but there is currently no date set for Victorino's Grapefruit League debut. The situation still warrants monitoring.
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Shane Victorino has been held out of workouts in Red Sox camp due to concerns about his core strength.
"I want to be clear that his first two days of work, they were very good coming in," manager John Farrell said. "But then we saw some needs, and we're addressing those right now. He continues to throw. We're doing some running. We're just addressing the overall core strength." Farrell fully expects Victorino to be ready for Opening Day, but there's no set date yet for the 33-year-old outfielder's Grapefruit League debut.
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Red Sox manager John Farrell said on WEEI on Wednesday that he expects Shane Victorino to hit leadoff this season.
Victorino would be followed by Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava A.J. Pierzynski, Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, and Jackie Bradley, Jr., but there's still a chance that things could change. Nava might be a better option to hit leadoff against right-handers, especially if Victorino plans on switch-hitting again in 2014. This is also assuming that Stephen Drew isn't brought back.
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Shane Victorino (thumb) will take it easy in the early days of camp.
Victorino has done some dry swinging as he works his way back from December surgery to release a nerve in his right thumb, but otherwise his baseball activity has been very limited. His goal is to be ready for Opening Day, so he's not going to push himself early on in camp. "The healing process, I'm getting back to somewhat feeling good," said Victorino. "I'll ramp up some activity, but I'll definitely work through it, be smart about it, take our time, work through the process."
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Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava are Red Sox manager John Farrell's top choices to bat leadoff this season.
Farrell also said he might go back and forth between the two depending on the opposing pitcher. Victorino hit .294/.351/.451 in 477 at-bats last year, scoring 82 runs. There's stll some life in the 33-year-old's legs, too, as he stole 21 bases in 24 attempts. At the top of the potent Red Sox lineup, the Flyin' Hawaiian could score 100 runs this year.