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One of the biggest additions to the Red Sox offseason was outfielder Shane Victorino. Victorino signed with the Red Sox for three years and $39 million. It was debated whether the Sox hit or missed with the signing, seeing that Victorino has declined in past seasons. As of now, Victorino is batting with a .285 avg with 3 home runs, 17 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. When the Sox signed Victorino, I said it was a bust. Even though it is still early in the season, I still say he is a bust.
One of the positives Victorino brought to the Red Sox was his ability to contribute on the base paths.That has not changed this year.
But, he has had his injury issues this year. Now, it is unfair to call a player a bust because of injuries. Injuries always occur and no one expects injuries unless if the player has an injury history. But, the sore hamstring that has already landed Victorino on the disabled list has me worried. Seeing that Victorino’s hamstring is still bothering him, he will not contribute on the base path as much. It is still early in the season which brings up the question if his sore hamstring will continue to linger for the rest of the season. Hamstring injuries do not go away. And seeing he is a player that contributes substantially on the base paths, it looks more likely he will not contribute as much now on.
When comparing Cody Ross and Shane Victorino, I felt Cody Ross would bring better help to the Sox offensively. Victorino would do better defensively but the Sox were not having issues defensively. The Sox needed a pop in the lineup and Victorino was not the answer and still is not the answer.
With Victorino leaving Sunday’s game against the Tigers with lower back tightness, it makes me wonder how much Victorino will contribute if he keeps landing on the disabled list.