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Six months removed from major back surgery, hindered at the start of the exhibition schedule and forced to abandon switch-hitting a week ago, it's been a challenging spring for Shane Victorino. But with the April 6 opener in sight, Victorino leaves no doubt about his readiness for the season. Asked how much he expected to be able to play early in the season, Victorino answered without doubt or hestitation. "Every day,'' said Victorino, who seemed surprised by the question. "Just because I haven't done it here doesn't mean I'm not ready. [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." (Source: CSNNE)

Fantasy Impact: In the last couple of seasons Shane Victorino has earned the tag "injury prone". Routinely drafted in the top ten rounds of fantasy drafts, Victorino has now slid to an average ADP of 324. The Red Sox currently have Victorino pegged for the starting right field job. Keep an eye on him. He could get hot and be a good add early in the season. But also be prepared for a possible injury and trip to the disabled list.


Shane Victorino said Saturday that he's once again ditching switch-hitting and will bat only from the right side in 2015. (Source: Ian Browne on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shane Victorino is currently struggling from both sides of the plate in spring training. But he is hoping the change from switch hitting will help to increase his numbers at the plate this season. It also could lead him into a platoon with the depth of outfielders the Red Sox have this season. Victorino is a risky pick in fantasy drafts with his injury history and the talent that Boston has in their outfield.


Shane Victorino managed an 0-for-2 spot against the Twins Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: That drops his Spring Training average down to .077 as he is just 1-for-13. He is penciled in as a starter for Boston, but with a healthy Castillo, look for that situation to change by Opening Day.


Shane Victorino (leg) emerged from Tuesday's game with no issues, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. (Source: Brain MacPherson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shane Victorino had been sidelined for the past few days with what was described as general soreness. Victorino is a risk in fantasy drafts as he has had a hard time staying healthy since joining the Red Sox in 2013.


Shane Victorino felt tightness in his legs after sliding into the bag while going from first to third on a single in Friday night's game, WEEI.com reports. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Shane Victorino has the inside track to be the starting rightfielder for the Red Sox this season. But his problem in his time with Boston has been being able to stay healthy. And health issues are already popping up in spring training. This is a minor injury but anybody drafting Victorino in fantasy drafts must be prepared for possible injuries this season.


Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that, as long as he's healthy, Shane Victorino is "our right fielder." (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The big thing with John Farrell's statement is if Shane Victorino is healthy. That is something Victorino has not been in his time with Boston. In the two years with Red Sox he has played a total of 153 games. And he is not getting younger coming into the season at 34 years old. Victorino should be available at the end of fantasy drafts and may be worth a grab to see if he can pull together a healthy season as he does contribute to multiple categories including home runs and steals.


Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino says he has “never in my life” showed up early for spring training, but that changed Wednesday afternoon, when he walked into Sox camp here a week before the team is scheduled to hold its first full-squad workout. There’s a message attached to his early arrival. Victorino said he is ready to take on 22-year-old Mookie Betts in what he termed a “friendly competition” to be the team’s starting right fielder, a job that was exclusively Victorino’s until hamstring and back injuries led to season-ending back surgery last Aug. 5. Given his age (34) and the seriousness of the surgery -- Dr. Robert Watkins performed a lumbar discectomy to repair a herniated disc in his back, which had led to weakness in his legs -- there have been some questions whether Victorino can mount a successful comeback. Victorino is determined to answer those questions in the affirmative. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: This is the first year that Shane Victorino has felt pressure for his starting job. And he should feel it. Mookie Betts is a serious threat to his job as starting right fielder. It is great that he is coming in healthy and ready to go. But that last few years Victorino has not been able to stay injury free through a whole season. Victorino should be available at the end of fantasy drafts but should be avoided as his best years are behind him.


Back. Hamstring. Thumb. As far as Shane Victorino is concerned, all such worries are in the past. The Red Sox outfielder reports that everything in regard to his offseason training following back surgery has gone according to plan. Victorino wrote in a text Sunday: “So far full go. Picking up swinging this week. Throwing every day, and lifting, etc. So far, so good.” While much focus has been placed on the emergence of rookie outfielders Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts when trying to project the right field and center field for the Red Sox, it should be noted the importance of a healthy Victorino. On a few occasions — including earlier this offseason – Victorino has proclaimed himself the starting right fielder for the Red Sox. And, even with the promise displayed by Castillo and Betts, if the 34-year-old offers his 2013 offensive and defensive production he could easily be classified as the team’s best all-around outfielder when healthy. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Shane Victorino's first two seasons with the Red Sox have been filled with a slew of injuries. He played 122 games in 2013 and only 30 in 2014. If Victorino can stay healthy he provides power and speed. But with age and his history his is a risk for fantasy owners. Also in question is if the Red Sox cut back his playing time in an effort to keep him injury free. With the Red Sox depth they do not have to count on him as an everyday player. In fantasy drafts this year, let someone else take on the risk of drafting Victorino.