Shane Victorino

Ben Cherington: 'A motivated Shane Victorino out to prove something is a very good thing'

Rob Bradford
January 22, 2015 - 11:19 am
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Shane Victorino has clearly been driven throughout this offseason. The excess of outfielders, along the journey back from back surgery, has pushed the outfielder to make his progress and motivation clear at a variety of turns this offseason. It'€™s a tone the Red Sox evidently don'€™t mind at all. "I think a motivated Shane Victorino out to prove something is a very good thing, for him and the Red Sox," said Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner 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." There was no definitive clarification, however, regarding how the Red Sox'€™ crowded outfield situation was going to take care of itself heading into spring training. As of now, the Red Sox'€™ outfield consists of five right-handed bats (Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Allen Craig and Victorino), one lefty (Brock Holt), and a switch-hitter who is likely to be used primarily from the left side (Daniel Nava). "We'€™ll see where we are at the end of spring training," Cherington said. "I think I'€™d rather have more possibilities than not enough, at least at this point. We'€™ll see how it all comes together. There will certainly be an opportunity for everyone in spring training and we'€™ll see where we are at the end of March." As for how Red Sox manager John Farrell plans to use Victorino, Farrell said Thursday the outfielder'€™s health will go a long way in helping make that decision. "That's going to be dependent on what his capabilities are from a physical standpoint," the manager 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."

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