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Shane Victorino ready and eager to help Red Sox turn things around

Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox watches the game from the dugout against the Chicago White Sox during the game at Fenway Park on July 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox watches the game from the dugout against the Chicago White Sox during the game at Fenway Park on July 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Some of the Boston Red Sox troubles during the first half of the season could be contributed to the injury of outfielder Shane Victorino. Not only have the Sox missed him physically; they have also missed the positive attitude he instills into the game. Victorino is on the verge of returning to the Sox lineup after missing nearly two months with hamstring and back injuries. According to an ESPN report Thursday, Victorino is eager to return and believes there is no quit in his team.

Red Sox fans certainly hope that is true. The defending World Series champions are currently in last place in the AL East, but still have a chance to savage the season if they can turn things around quickly. With a struggling offense, Victorino is hoping he can be that factor to spark the team into a hot streak. He also believes if he was healthy the team wouldn’t be in the position they are in.

Victorino, who is currently in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, said, “I’ve told everybody I’m the biggest culprit to see where we are in the standings. I’m not out there to help. If I was out there to help, I’d feel better to see where we’re at. But I feel worse because I’m not out there and I can’t help them in any way being injured.”

The Red Sox outfielder may get his chance to contribute as soon as this weekend. He said before Thursday night’s PawSox game “this is probably the best I’ve ever felt in regards to continuous work, workload, in regards to cardio in regards to how my body feels. That’s a happy place for me knowing that I got to take these three days off, not knowing how I was going to come back, come back, and feel better than I actually did before I left. So that’s a positive start for me.”

Victorino has only played in 21 games this season and is focused on being healthy for the second half of what has been a disappointing season for a team that won back the hearts of their fans just a season ago. With one of the only bright spots being the play of IF/OF Brock Holt, adding another player to the lineup with positive energy could be the jolt the Red Sox need to turn their luck and make something out of this season.