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By John Aubin, Red Sox Correspondent, Sat, Feb 21st 8:38am EST

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.

By John Aubin, Red Sox Correspondent, Thu, Feb 19th 8:29pm EST

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.

By John Aubin, Red Sox Correspondent, Tue, Jan 6th 3:54pm EST

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.

Shane Victorino News & Advice

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Rotoworld | Mar 3rd, 2:39pm
The Phillies are not interested in acquiring Shane Victorino in any trade with the Red Sox, as they are intent on bringing back younger, cheaper talent, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
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Rotoworld | Feb 26th, 10:35pm
Shane Victorino said Thursday that he wants return to switch-hitting this season.
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MLB.com | Feb 26th, 7:07pm
Look for Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino to return to switch-hitting this season, something he hasn't done since August 2013.