Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:06:12 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino could bat first, according to manager John Farrell. "Vic is a candidate, but it will be dependent on the opposing pitcher on a given day," Farrell said. OF Mookie Betts, who is battling OFs Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. for the center field job, hit .308/.393/.423 in his last 20 starts of the year hitting leadoff.
Fantasy Tip: With Victorino already declared the starter in right field to open the season if healthy, news of him possibly batting leadoff bumps his fantasy value up a notch. Still, Victorino is an older player with a recent injury history. He shouldn't be viewed as more than a late-round gamble in mixed leagues as a potential modest contributor across the board, with stolen bases serving as the category he's most likely to move the needle in.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:32:42 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) will be the starting right fielder if he's healthy, according to manager John Farrell.
Fantasy Tip: The Red Sox have a very crowded outfield situation, but they are financially committed to Victorino. If he's healthy, that may make things difficult on Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo to find playing time, as well as Allen Craig and Daniel Nava. Betts still remains the best late-round gamble because of his upside and speed. If Victorino is starting on opening day, he could be a matchup play, at best, in daily games.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:49:39 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) has arrived to spring training early, and he said he ready to take on OF Mookie Betts in a "friendly competition" for the starting right field job. Victorino had a serious procedure known as a lumbar discectomy to fix a herniated disc in his back in the offseason, and there are questions as to whether he can make a comeback. Victorino is using talk about him being washed up as motivation, and he has been doing baseball activity for weeks and has returned to switch hitting.
"I've done nothing that's made me stop," Victorino said. "I've done everything I can possibly do. The only thing I haven't done is run the bases. I hit left-handed. I hit right-handed. I swung as hard as I can. I took live BP, I did flip and tee work. Consistently, every day, sometimes 50 to 100 swings every day."
Fantasy Tip: The Red Sox must still pay Victorino $13 million in the final year of his three-year deal, so if he's healthy, he'll likely contribute in some fashion. However, Betts clearly has much more upside, especially with stolen bases. Depending on how camp goes with injuries, Victorino probably shouldn't be an option in standard 12-team leagues, but he could be useful in daily games based on matchups.
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:55:49 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) will be eased into games during spring training after undergoing back surgery last August. Victorino has released videos of him during strenuous workouts in recent weeks. "I know he's eager to get here and we're eager to see him," manager John Farrell said. "One of the questions we have to answer are what his capabilities are."
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:05:26 -0700
The Boston Red Sox have reinstated OF Shane Victorino (back) from the 60-day disabled list.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:13:50 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) "should be active in spring training at some point," according to general manager Ben Cherington. However, there is no timetable for Victorino.
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:54:02 -0700
The Boston Red Sox have selected the contract of SP Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket. The team also transferred OF Shane Victorino (back) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:16:47 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) fully expects to be ready for the start of training camp and believes he will be the right fielder in 2015. Victorino indicated he is willing to play any position.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:11:05 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) is expected to be ready for spring training next year, but the team won't have a specific timetable until after his surgery.
Fantasy Tip: Victorino won't be back this season, which isn't a surprise at all. You can safely drop him in all redraft leagues now. Mookie Betts may stick around longer after all.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:36:22 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) will undergo back surgery Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Fantasy Tip: It's unclear if the surgery will end his season, but it's highly likely. This was a lost season for Victorino, as he only played in 30 games due to hamstring and back ailments. You may want to wait until we have word that he'll officially miss the rest of the year before dropping him in redraft AL-only leagues.