Friday, February 20, 2015

Farrell Designates Victorino As Sox Starting RF

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In a bit of a surprise, Red Sox manager John Farrell today basically handed the starting right field job to Shane Victorino. This, despite talk all Winter that Mookie Betts had to be in the line-up—with right-field the only logical possibility. Rusney Castillo is set as the starting center-fielder and Hanley Ramirez is certainly not going to be bumped from left-field. Said Farrell, "If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy, he’s our right fielder. That’s pretty simple. He was one of the best right fielders in the game two years ago." If you read between the lines, Farrell could be hinting that The Flyin' Hawaiian is not fully healthy (at least at the start of the season)—and thus the manager's comments would be moot. Stay tuned!