PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Red Sox could see their regular right fielder back in a Red Sox uniform as soon as Sunday.
Shane Victorino was on his way back to Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday morning from Miami, where he and Team USA saw their World Baseball Classic run end on Friday night with a 4-3 loss to Puerto Rico. Victorino didn't have the best go of things in the tournament, finishing 1-for-11 with five strikeouts, no walks and one RBI.
Victorino may work out at camp on Saturday, and definitely will on Sunday. He may play in a 1:35 p.m. ET game at home against the Rays.
"He was anxious to get back, get going, we're anxious to get him back in camp and get him some regular at-bats, as well," Sox manager John Farrell said. "I could see him playing tomorrow. … He's in game shape, he just needs more consistency."
Getting Victorino and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury some reps together will be important in the final two weeks. Victorino could also see some time in left field this spring, at least during road games, because he could see some action there on the road in the regular season. At Fenway, he'll be the regular right fielder.
"We'll look to get some exposure [for] Shane in left field, as well," Farrell said. "In our home park, [Jonny] Gomes will be in left and [Victorino] will be in right."