Victorino to start in RF even with RHP Haren on mound


Last week, anticipating the return of Shane Victorino to the active roster, John Farrell said the Red Sox would be deploying a platoon in right with Victorino playing against lefties and the left-handed hitting Alejandro De Aza in against righties.

And yet, with righty Dan Haren on the mound for the Miami Marlins Tuesday night, the choice was Victorino in right with De Aza on the bench.

That move seemed especially curious since Haren has had real difficulty with lefties this year, with a slash line of .270/.303/.489 while righthanded hitters have been limited to a line of .203/.251/.342.

"With Alejandro,'' explained John Farrell, "we have used him as a defensive replacement of late, I can envision, if we're on the right side of the scoreboard, his flexibility, his additional lefthanded bat off the bench available to us is there. I would think that Alejando will on the field tomorrow.

"So as Vic has come back to us with the off-days and trying to get him in the flow as much as possible, that's where he's at. We're going to go through a run of eight straight righthanded starters against us. So for Vic to go on rehab and then come back and not play at all, that's probably a little extreme itself.''

Victorino is 2-for-7 since being activated.

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