Boston Red Sox player Shane Victorino is ready to play for the team. Victorino has been playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Now that Team USA has been eliminated from play Shane is ready to focus on getting ready for playing on Opening Day with the rest of his team.
During his stint playing with Team USA, Shane did not have the best production only going 1-for 11 and had five strikeouts. Victorino was a reserve outfielder so he did not see as much play as other members on Team USA. Before playing in the World Baseball Classic his numbers for the Red Sox were not that impressive either. He was 0-for-11 earlier this spring so hopefully he can turn his productivity around.
Victorino would have wanted to see Team USA advance to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic. He and the rest of the team are disappointed at their play and he wanted at least one more crack at playing for Team USA.
He is excited to be back with the team and did play yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Red Sox manager John Farrell looks to have Shane play in right and left field. He should play left field on Opening Day.
The good news for Victorino is that yesterday’s game saw him get his first hit for Boston off of Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the third inning.
Victorino will be counted on more by Boston since David Oritz is sidelined with an injury. He knows people are worried about his poor play in the WBC and for Boston, but is focused on turning things around as the regular season starts. Shane was acquired by the Red Sox this offseason and wants to take the rest of the preseason to bond with his new teammates.
With less than a month away from the regular season, Shane needs to get to a comfortable place where his confidence level is high enough to meet the team’s expectations for him.
Victorino spoke with Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo saying, “I feel like things are coming around for me. I know what the numbers look like, but I can feel myself being in a better place with my swing. It’s always a process building up to where you want to be. Last year was a struggle for me at times, but that’s behind me. It’s a new year and a new team and I’m looking forward to being a big part of it.”