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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.
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Shane Victorino underwent nerve release surgery on his right thumb Monday.
The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham, is not expected to keep Victorino from beginning spring training on time. The outfielder had issues with the thumb down the stretch and was apparently still feeling it during offseason workouts. Victorino batted .294/.351/.451 with 15 homers and 21 steals last season for the Red Sox.
Shane Victorino CF/RF BOS 3 Months
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday that he is considering Shane Victorino or Daniel Nava to hit leadoff.
Farrell is looking at alternatives now that Jacoby Ellsbury has joined the Yankees. The best solution might be to use Nava out of the leadoff spot against righties and Victorino against southpaws. We'll likely have a better idea of how things will shake out in the spring, but it could be a nice development for Nava's fantasy value. For what it's worth, Farrell also added that he expects Victorino to go back to switch-hitting next year.