FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino is the only Red Sox position player who is playing in the World Baseball Classic. Because he's a newcomer to the team, manager John Farrell will try to get the right fielder as many reps as possible alongside center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury in the early weeks of camp.
Victorino will report to Team USA on March 1.
"In Victorino's case, we're going to be sitting on 12, 14 days max [before the Classic], and the time that he and Jacoby spend together in the outfield to me is going to be critical," Farrell said. "Their understanding of how much range each has and their communication, with Shane moving to right field full time, that time that they do have in camp will be critical as far as the reps together."
Alfredo Aceves (Team Mexico) is the other significant Sox player who will be pitching in the Classic.
"We had intended to stretch him out as a starter here [anyway]," said Farrell. "We haven't gotten confirmation yet, but we believe he's going to start for the Mexican national team. We're hopeful that he is. We'll start him through camp, and provided everyone gets through Spring Training who is projected to be in our rotation healthy, we can easily pull him back later in camp [for a relief role]. Same with Franklin [Morales]."