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.