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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: 11 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 28/3 | Average Draft Position: 238.97
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Red Sox's Victorino confident he can play every day in the field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:46 pm ET) 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. 


BoSox's Farrell: We're a better team with Shane Victorino on the field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) With the Red Sox looking at a crowded-outfield situation, general manager Ben Cherington said veteran outfielder Shane Victorino is determined to bounce back from August back surgery, per WEEI.com.

“I think a motivated Shane Victorino out to prove something is a very good thing, for him and the Red Sox,” Cherington said Thursday. “So, I’m just excited to see him. I think we’ll see him later this week. We know what kind of player he is if he’s healthy and on the field.

"He’s certainly done all he needs to do this offseason. When it comes to getting baseball reps, that’s another level, another element he has to incorporate and getting into the everyday routine of spring training. But he seems anxious, so that’s good.”

Manager John Farrell said Victorino's health will determine how he plans to use the 34-year-old outfielder in 2015.

“That’s going to be dependent on what his capabilities are from a physical standpoint,” Farrell said. “We’re a better team if he’s on the field every day as was the case in 2013. That’s not to take anything away from anyone else on our roster. He’s doing everything he can right now to be a player of that capacity.”


Shane Victorino: 'I should be the starting right fielder' for Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino believes he should be the team's starting right fielder in 2015 amidst a crowded group of contenders, WEEI.com reports.

"If you think there’s somebody better in right, be my guest," Victorino said. "Obviously health will dictate that. But if I’m healthy if there’s a better outfielder in right field then show me and go out there and do it. I’m not saying that in a cocky or arrogant way. It’s just how confident I am to know I should be the starting right fielder. There are things to come into play and situations to be discussed.

"I plan on being healthy and out there and ready to go. Like I said, it’s my job. I don’t think there’s anybody can tell me differently. If they feel there is from an organization’s standpoint it is what it is. As I’ve said, whatever uniform it may be I’m going to go out there and give 100 percent and be the best I can be. Obviously I want it to be a Red Sox uniform and be a right fielder, but I can’t control decisions that are made from up top."

Victorino will swing a bat Monday for the first time since undergoing back surgery. "Everything feels great," he said. "There hasn't been any setbacks."


Red Sox activated Shane Victorino from 60-day DL


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Red Sox have activated outfielder Shane Victorino from the 60-day disabled list.

Players can't remain on the 60-day DL during the offseason in order to shore up 40-man rosters. Victorino had back surgery in August. He can return to the 60-day disabled list near the start of next season if he still needs to recover. 


Shane Victorino moved to 60-day DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday, to clear room on the team's 40-man roster. He remains out for the season following back surgery.  

Shane Victorino undergo successful back surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino underwent successful lumbar disectomy surgery on his injured back Tuesday, the team announced.

Victorino will miss the remainder of the season while recovering, but he's expected to be ready for spring training next season. He ends 2014 with a .268/.303/.382 line, two home runs, 12 RBI and two stolen bases in 123 at-bats.


Shane Victorino chooses to have back surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Red Sox announced outfielder Shane Victorino will undergo season-ending back surgery Tuesday. Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the procedure in Los Angeles.

"He felt this was time to take care of it and focus on rehab and be ready for spring training," manager John Farrell told MLB Network Radio Tuesday.


Shane Victorino bracing for possible surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is set to receive a second opinion on his back injury, but it appears he is more concerned about it than he has previously let it.

"We kind of know what's going to happen," Victorino told the Boston Herald Saturday, when asked about the potential for surgery.

Victorino will receive a second opinion on his back in Los Angeles next week, in order to determine if he will be able to avoid surgery. If surgery will be required, he told reporters he would prefer to have it sooner rather than later, though no timeline for a decision is currently known. 


Shane Victorino lands on disabled list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) What was expected is now official - the Red Sox have placed right fielder Shane Victorino on the disabled list with a back issue.

Victorino has been sidelined for extended periods three times this season. He has been limited to 123 at-bats and has compiled an uncharacteristically mediocre stat line of .268/.303/.382 with just two home runs.


Shane Victorino to 'miss little time' due to back issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is expected to "miss little time" due to a back injury, general manager Ben Cherington told reporters, per NESN on Thursday. A stint on the disabled list remains likely for the veteran outfielder.

Victorino was removed from Wednesday's game because of the injury. The GM said that his time off will be used to get Yoenis Cespedes acclimated to right field, Allen Craig to left field. Victorino owns a .268/.303/.382 slash line with two home runs and 12 RBI in 123 at-bats.