Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has been officially activated from the 15-day disabled list and is slotted in the Boston lineup Thursday night against the Yankees. He'll be batting second, following Dustin Pedroia.
Manager John Farrell has indicated that the Red Sox are looking to keep Pedroia and Victorino in the first and second spots, respectively, moving forward.
“I'd like to think we'd take the current lineup and run with it for a while,” Farrell said (providencejournal.com). ”Hopefully with Pedey and Vic at the top of the order, the on-base will be there at a consistent rate. I think stability is what this team is in need of right now.”
The Red Sox enter Thursday with a 10-12 record. The leadoff spot has been a problem, as Boston leadoff hitters (mostly Grady Sizemore, Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes) have a .183/.267/.269 line this season. With Pedroia followed by Victorino, Farrell's probably right that things will work out much better.
Victorino, 33, hit .294/.351/.451 (116 OPS+) with 26 doubles, 15 homers, 61 RBI, 82 runs and 21 steals last season. He also won a Gold Glove for his work in right. He's been on the DL for all of the 2014 regular season so far with a hamstring injury after also dealing with a ribcage issue in the spring. He was 1-for-11 in three rehab games for Triple-A Pawtucket.