Shane Victorino

Who wants to step up and play right field for the Red Sox?

Ryan Hannable
May 04, 2015 - 1:31 pm

The Red Sox are searching for someone to step up and claim the starting right field job. Through the first 25 games the team has had four different players appear at the position -- Shane Victorino (12 games), Daniel Nava (9), Allen Craig (5) and Brock Holt (4). Unfortunately for the team, none of the four have done much with their opportunity. The right field position has combined to hit .128/.240/.174, which is good for the worst average and slugging percentage, as well as the second to worst on-base percentage in all of baseball. Victorino was getting the majority of the starts, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 25 with a right hamstring strain. Even with his absence, the team still has capable players of performing. "We feel like it was going to be matchups," manager John Farrell said of how the team was looking to replace Victorino. "We'€™re still looking for ways to keep Allen Craig in the mix, try to get him going. The guys that we'€™re rotating through there, there'€™s some track records to each. You run with a guy for a while, let them have it, see what they'€™re going to produce. And then, at the same time, trying to keep everyone in the mix as best possible. "That has been a position where it'€™s certainly open for someone to jump up and take it." Victorino will likely rehab with Portland on Friday and Saturday, with the possibility of Sunday as well. He's eligible to return Friday, but with the team playing on the new turf in Toronto, that was never really an option. All things point to him returning in Oakland a week from Monday. "It'€™s been a little bit more volatile in terms of who'€™s played there than we anticipated going into the start of the season or would otherwise like," Farrell said of the right field position. "But trying to get some left-handed production, particularly against right-handed starters. That'€™s where we are." Victorino was hitting just .143 before going on the disabled list. Craig has just five hits in 37 at-bats this season (.135) and is striking out in almost 25 percent of his at-bats. Holt got off to a hot start to the year, but has cooled off as he's 0 for his last 5 and 1-for-14 on the homestand. With how powerful the Red Sox' offense is, having a position batting .128 isn't going to last long, so despite the number of players vying for the position, it's out there for the taking.