Shane Victorino is ready to go back to switch-hitting

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Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino gave up hitting from the left side of the plate down the stretch in 2013 due to hamstring and thumb injuries, but he told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com today that he plans on switch-hitting again this season:

“Yeah, absolutely,” the outfielder said when asked if he was looking forward to returning to life of a switch-hitter. “Everything feels great. It’€™s something I’€™ve been successful at and that I would like to go back to. The body feels good, and we’€™ll go from there. It’€™s a good thing to have in your back pocket, being able to switch-hit.

“I came into camp, I spoke to them about it and I told them I would like to try it again and they were all for it.”

Victorino, who is naturally right-handed, owns an .865 OPS as a right-handed batter in his career as opposed to a .724 OPS from the left side. The gap in production became even more pronounced before he initially decided to give up switch-hitting. Still, it’s something he would like to try again and he apparently has the team’s support.

Victorino, 34, was limited to just 30 games last season due to hamstring and back injuries. While Mookie Betts is knocking on the door for an opportunity, Red Sox manager John Farrell recently said that Victorino will be his starting right fielder this season if he’s healthy.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.