Victorino may bat exclusively from right side
Shane Victorino might bat only right-handed instead of as a switch hitter, the Boston Red Sox have reported on their website.
Victorino has not yet played in spring training, but the team has said he is likely to take the field for games this week.
The two-time All-Star outfielder, a St. Anthony High School graduate, was limited to batting only right-handed for part of last season. He had trouble with his hamstring and back, and in December underwent surgery on his thumb.
“We’ve discussed it,” Victorino, 33, was quoted as saying Saturday of the possibility of hitting only right-handed. “(Manager John) Farrell said that it depends on how I feel and that’s right. I haven’t even played yet.”
Victorino batted .294 last season with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs, 82 runs and 21 stolen bases, and also won his fourth Gold Glove.
According to Red Sox statistics, as a right-handed batter against right-handed pitchers, he batted .300 (30-for-100) with six home runs, and as a righty against left-handers, he hit .314 (53-for-169), also with six homers.
“It’s almost going to be a game-time decision. I think he has his viewpoints on it and where his confidence is,” Farrell was quoted as saying on the Boston Globe’s website. “He hasn’t told me that he’s eliminating switch hitting.”