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18 Shane Victorino RF
Height/Weight: 5-9/190 | Birthdate: 11/30/1980 | Birthplace: Wailuku, HI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 40/16 | Average Draft Position: 238.71
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Shane Victorino returns to Red Sox's lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino returns to the lineup on Sunday, after he was a late scratch on Saturday with sore ribs. 

Victorino is batting seventh for the Sox on Sunday. 


Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (ribs) remains questionable for Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino's status for Sunday's game against the Orioles remains unknown, reports the Boston Herald.

Victorino was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup because of sore ribs he suffered crashing into the outfield wall during Friday's game.

"When he hit the wall, he made a great effort to try to bring back a home run," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The left rib area was sore here today. He was no go. We’ll check him in the morning on his availability."

Victorino (ribs) scratched by Red Sox Saturday, Nava starts in RF


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) The Red Sox have scratched right fielder Shane Victorino from Saturday's lineup against the Orioles due to sore ribs and will instead play Daniel Nava, according to NESN.

Victorino injured the ribs Friday crashing into the outfield wall going after a fly ball.

He was originally hitting seventh in the order on Saturday.


Red Sox's Victorino on spotty playing time: 'I get it'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals, marking the fourth time in eight games this season he hasn't been in the lineup. He said he's talked with manager John Farrell about not having an everyday role, WEEI.com reports.

"We talked about it," Victorino said. "Obviously we discussed what was going on because the first couple of times I did get that call or text that,  'You're down tonight,' what's my reply? But it was explained to me what was going on. And even from a medical standpoint they've spoken to me about it. I get it. Every athlete or every human being who wants to play every day is saying, 'No, no, no. Let me go.' But I'm getting to the point in my career where I kind of understand. Of course people are going to think if this is going to be a platoon, or is this going to be a situation. If that is what people want to think … I'm not looking at this way.”

Victorino is just 2 for 20 this season while recoring one RBI, one stolen base and three walks.


Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals, the team announced. In his place will be Brock Holt, making his second start of the season. Bogaerts has started all seven games for Boston so far this season at shortstop and is likely getting a day of rest. He is a career .277 hitter against right handers.

Also getting the day of his Shane Victorino, as Daniel Nava will replace him in right field and bat seventh. Nava is hitting .364 in 11 at-bats to start the year.

The Red Sox are currently the favorites (-124) over the Nationals.


Red Sox make outfield adjustments for Sunday's game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) The Red Sox are back to the normal starting outfield for Sunday's game against the Yankees, reports WEEI.com.

Mookie Betts will take center and lead off, Hanley Ramirez will man left field and bat cleanup while Shane Victorino will take right field and bat seventh. It will be Victorino's third start this season in six games and is hitting .167 in 12 at-bats.

The Yankees are currently the favorites (-106) against the Red Sox.


Red Sox RF Shane Victorino gets a day of rest vs. Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino received a day of rest Wednesday night against Philadelphia. Daniel Nava got the start at right field and batted seventh against Aaron Harang, per the Boston Herald.

"I'll be honest with you, it's somewhat weather-related," manager John Farrell said of Victorino's absence. "Don't want to take any undue risk."

Victorino hinted during spring training he was capable of playing every day in the field. He told reporters he had no ill effects of crashing into the wall on Opening Day. Victorino has been held without a hit in his first three at-bats this season.


Red Sox RF Shane Victorino starting against old team


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Shane Victorino won the Red Sox starting right field job, and he'll get the chance to start the season against his old team. 

"There was a date on my calendar that I circled, that I wanted to be here for and be healthy, more importantly, and that was today here in Philadelphia," Victorino said, per the Boston Herald. "It's going to be emotional for me."

Victorino made a successful recovery from last August's back surgery. Victorino knows he needs to stay healthy and perform in order to keep his starting job.

"We have a great outfield, a lot of depth, and I understand that," he said. "For me to get the nod on Opening Day in right field is a big testament to the manager, the organization, for having faith in me." 


Red Sox hints that Shane Victorino will open season in RF


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Without formally announcing it, Red Sox manager John Farrell hinted that Shane Victorino will open the season in right field, according to ESPN on Wednesday. Victorino slashed .188/.278/.250 with two RBI over 32 at-bats this spring.

Red Sox's Victorino confident he can play every day in the field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino said emphatically Friday he is capable of playing every day, just six months removed from back surgery and having to abandon switch-hitting due to durability concerns.

"Just because I haven't done it here doesn't mean I'm not ready," Victorino said, per CSNNE.com. "[Thursday] was my best day, physically. I feel like everything's going in the right direction, physically -- my legs, running. I feel like I can go everyday, but obviously I have to show it here or show the consistency of it.

"We've only got, what nine days or so [remaining], so I'm sure the next week or so is going to be a test. But I feel I can do it. I kind of turned the corner in the last few days, from a physical standpoint. I'm starting to feel good. The last few days have meant big strides in terms of bouncing back and feeling good the next day.''

Victorino has played back-to-back days this spring just once, and the second day he was the DH. Victorino is aware he needs to show manager John Farrell he can handle playing in the field on consecutive days without any issues.

"I'm not going to go in there and say, 'John, I need to go from Game 1 to Game 162,'' Victorino said. "But I've got to prove in these next 8-9 days. I've got to prove I can go back-to-back days or three in a row. That will be a test for myself, too.''


Victorino blasts radio hosts for implying he wants Betts traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was not a happy man Thursday.

Victorino spent time with the media Thursday lashing out at sports radio hosts Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti for suggesting Victorino was advocating trading top prospects for Phillies ace Cole Hamels, in his comments to the Philadelphia Daily News.

"All I said, a question was asked of me about getting Cole Hamels," Victorino said, per the Boston Herald. "I said, 'Hey, if you can go get Cole, I'll be all for it.' Nothing against everybody in this clubhouse. I said from Day 1, I'll be fine with what we have. We can go win with what we have. But if you can add another element of a guy who's been there, I said, why wouldn't you? And that's the part for me is they took it obviously as me, and the names that were attached to these (rumors), I never mentioned anybody's name. I said, 'If you can give up two or three prospects, could be anybody, could be a second-, third-tier guy, my whole career I've watched that."

Although Victorino didn't mention any players by name, the radio hosts accused Victorino of lobbying the Red Sox to trade Mookie Betts, who is competing for the starting job in center field this spring. Felger also accused Victorino of "throwing your young players under the bus."

"You have a 34-year-old, breaking-down outfielder whose job is potentially going to be taken by whom? Mookie Betts, or by default, Rusney Castillo," Massarotti said. "And so who are we talking about, potentially, in this trade? Mookie Betts. So is that the deal? Mookie Betts is going to take his job, (and Victorino says), 'Hey, get the kid out of here, because we can win now if we get Hamels.'"

Victorino seemed really upset Betts' name was mentioned since he is a big fan of the 22-year-old outfielder.

"If there's one person that's an advocate of that individual who was named in the article, Mookie Betts, it's me," Victorino said. "I don't have any fear or feel like there's competition that I've got to get him shipped out of here. That's the part for me, where individuals put words in your mouth, that sit behind a mic and say something, you know where I'll be. I'll be more than happy to talk to you about it. But don't get behind a mic and be a coward and try to put words in my mouth, because not once in that article did I mention anybody's name."


Red Sox to trim down loaded outfield soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Red Sox are expected to trim down its crowded outfield soon, with less than two weeks before Opening Day, according to MLB.com on Tuesday.

"We have to take these remaining days in camp here and determine what's best for us as an organization," said Farrell. "I'm not suggesting there's player movement anywhere, but there's only going to be three [starting] spots."

At this point, it appears as if Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts have left and center field locked up, respectively. Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig are all in the mix for the final spots.

"And there's six guys -- well, there will be five guys in that group to handle those three spots, with two guys coming off the bench. What that means for the final Opening Day roster remains to be seen.

"We're just trying to get more exposure to Rusney in right field; we need to get a better gauge on Vic's durability, if we can, over the coming days. We acknowledged from the first day in camp, the outfield, there's going to be a lot of focus on our outfield.

"That pretty much hasn't changed, but what we've seen are some really encouraging things. And that's how quickly Rusney's come back and shown decent timing at the plate [and] what Mookie's done in center field speaks for itself."


Red Sox's Victorino focused on staying healthy in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday outfielder Shane Victorino was giving up switch-hitting because it was taking its toll on him physically. Victorino said as much Monday when talking with WEEI.com, pointing to statying healthy as his No. 1 priority for 2015.

“Physically everything is going good, and that’s the most important part for me,” said Victorino, who has played just 152 regular season games the last two seasons. “It’s not about being lefty or righty or being a switch-hitter. I want to be healthy. That’s the most important thing for me. Whatever is going to get me to play 162 games.

"Obviously I hope to play 162, although I doubt they’ll look at it that way. From my standpoint, things have come along. I tried but I felt there were some physical setbacks that were starting to kick in and everything was happening on the left side. So I said, ‘Let’s not make it worse.’ I felt like it was getting to that point, and that’s why I made the decision to be a right-handed hitter.”

Victorino added he feels confident he can return to being a productive everyday player.

“This year I feel like I’m healthy going into the season, knock on wood," he said. "Hopefully nothing changes. But the way I feel now, and where I’m at, I feel confident I can go out there and be an everyday player and hit solely right-handed."


Red Sox's Victorino gives up switch-hitting, will bat right-handed


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has abandoned switch-hitting because of soreness when he hits from the left side and will bat exclusively from the right-side, manager John Farrell said Saturday.

“You want the most productive at-bats, regardless of which side they come from,’’ Farrell said, per ESPN. “In Vic’s case, it was starting to take its toll, just the reps he was going through, to try to get the left-handed swing productive. In terms of the work, it was starting to be counterproductive, the way he felt physically. That’s the rationale for hitting right-handed."


Red Sox OF Shane Victorino taking cautious approach this spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, who was recently sidelined with general soreness and had offseasons back surgery, has promised to take a more cautious approach, which includes jogging slower in routine groundouts this spring, according to the Boston Herald.

"I think a little bit guarded at times," manager John Farrell said. "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."


No issues for Shane Victorino in return to Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing three games with general soreness. 

Victorino went 0-for-2 with a walk, before leaving the game, as scheduled.

"We had three at-bats planned for him today," manager John Farrell told MLB.com's Ian Browne. "He came out clean, fine, no issues." 

Victorino will have Wednesday off and play again on Thursday. 


Shane Victorino back in Red Sox's spring lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Shane Victorino returned to the starting lineup, and is batting second for the Red Sox on Tuesday, per the Boston Globe. Victorino was sidelined since Saturday due to general soreness.

Red Sox's Shane Victorino expected to be back in lineup Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is expected to be back in right field Tuesday against the Rays after resting since Saturday due to general soreness, per MLB.com. 

"He'll go through a full workout in Fort Myers today," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday.


Shane Victorino's return to Red Sox pushed back a day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Shane Victorino will sit out another day, the Red Sox announced. Originally given the weekend off to rest after suffering from "general soreness", the Red Sox outfielder will now return on Tuesday, instead of Monday.

Victorino took batting practice on Saturday and went through a normal workout with the team on Sunday.  


Red Sox OF Shane Victorino to miss a few days with soreness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will miss the next few days. Victorino isn't battling a specific injury--he's just suffering from "general soreness". 

Victorino told the media he felt minor soreness in his legs trying to go from first to third on a single. He was able to take batting practice with the Red Sox on Saturday. 

The 34-year-old Victorino is coming off a .268 season in 30 games with the Sox. 


Red Sox's Farrell: Shane Victorino will likely resume switch-hitting


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters on Thursday that outfielder Shane Victorino will likely return to switch-hitting this season, per MLB.com.

"It's likely that he hits left-handed in games," Farrell said. "If you think about in 2013 late in the year, he switched solely to the right side because of some physical restrictions. With those being freed up now, the left-handed side of the plate comes into play."

Victorino has not hit left-handed since August 2013. That year he hit .274/.317/.389 on the left side of the box against righties. Because of a slew of injuries, Victorino remained an exclusive right-handed hitter and hit .268/.303/.382 in 123 at-bats last season.


Farrell: Napoli, Victorino 'full-go' for Red Sox's first full-squad workout


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Shane Victorino are all "full-go" for his club's first full-squad workout on Wednesday, per the Boston Globe. Napoli had offseason surgery to correct a sleep apnea condition, and Victorino had offseason back surgery back in August.

Farrell: Shane Victorino is Red Sox RF, Mookie Betts a back-up


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell ended a potential spring position battle before it had a chance to begin. 

Meeting with the media on Friday, Farrell said, "If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy, he's our right fielder." Farrell added that Victorino, who had back surgery in August, is "full go" for the Sox at the start of camp.  

That news means that Mookie Betts, expected to compete for the right-field job, will likely play a reserve role for the Red Sox. 


Red Sox's Shane Victorino has 'no intentions of being a bench player'


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Shane Victorino may be 34 but he has the confidence of someone 10 years younger.

Upon arriving to spring training, the Red Sox outfielder made it clear that he is not looking to come off the bench as a utility player this season.

"I have no intentions of being a bench player," Victorino said, via the Boston Herald.

Victorino reported to spring training on Wednesday, though his role has yet to be determined. The Red Sox have Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo as more-than-likely opening day starters. 

Victorino is in the final season of a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox. He hit .268/.303/.382 in 123 at-bats with the club last season.


Red Sox's Shane Victorino 'more motivated, more determined'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is "more motivated, more determined to prove something" this spring, according to WEEI.

The 34-year-old reported to team camp earlier than he ever has in his career, and is motivated to prove the doubters wrong. "A back surgery is not going to be a reason why my career ends," he said. "It’s going to be a lot more than that to not play this game." Victorino underwent the surgery last summer, but said he has no physical limitations heading into camp.

Despite the good news, it's unclear where Victorino fits on the team's current roster. With Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo expected to open the year as the team's starters, Victorino is being penciled in as a reserve. Victorino said the situation will provide extra motivation. "I don’t look at it as competition," Victorino added. "I look at it as motivation for me to be better, a motivation for him to be better, and at the end of the day, if I push him and he pushes me we’ll see what happens."

Victorino hit .268/.303/.382 in 123 at-bats with the club last season. He's entering the final year of his contract, and is set to make $13 million in 2015.