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.