Soreness forces Victorino to hit from the right side of the plate

Sam Galanis
Contributing Writer

It looks like the Red Sox have lost a left-handed batter. Well, sort of.

Although usually a switch hitter, Shane Victorino has been experiencing weakness in his left leg that has caused him to bat almost exclusively from the right side of the plate since August 4, according to

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"It's because of how I feel,” said Victorino. “I don't have the drive and the sit-back on my back leg to be able to turn and twist on it yet.

"That's the part that's been frustrating for me is not having that. It's something we're working on every day to try and get back, because trust me, I want to be back on that side.That's what I signed on to do, be a switch-hitter and not a right-handed hitter. If you go out and produce and it's from the right side, you go out and do it. That's the kind of stuff I focus on every day."

As frustrating as it may be, it’s better that he has the determination to go out and hit from the right instead of sitting on the bench. What’s better, his defense doesn’t seem to be suffering from it.

For now, Victorino’s discomfort shouldn’t be an issue. The Sox still have lefties who have been producing, like Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, and Daniel Nava. Unless this develops into something more serious for Victorino, the Sox should be A-OK.

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