Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Optimism has been the name of the game for the Red Sox so far in spring training. Injuries plagued most of the disappointing 2012 season for key players, but with all of them healed or well on their way to being healed, the Sox look to forget about last year and hope to rebound. Coming into 2013 healthy, Boston expects big seasons out of its stars, particularly on the offensive end. Jacoby Ellsbury missed the first three months of last season with a shoulder injury, but the center fielder was able to come back for the second half and hit .271. After battling two different injuries in the past three years, Ellsbury is hoping to get back to producing like he did in 2011, when he hit .312 and belted 32 home runs. Dustin Pedroia battled injuries as well last year, playing through problems with his right hand for the majority of the season. Hitting only .266 before the All-Star break, the former Rookie of the Year got back to his ways and hit .318 in the second half, with nine of his 15 homers coming after the break. David Ortiz may not be quite healed from his Achilles injury, but he says he will be ready for Opening Day. The slugger was limited to 90 games and just 324 at-bats last season, but he made every plate appearance count, hitting .318 with 23 home runs and contributing 60 RBIs. Shane Victorino is coming off a disappointing .255 season with the Dodgers, but the Red Sox have inked the Flyin’ Hawaiian to a three-year deal and hope he will turn it around in Boston. Hitting 20 points below his career average of .275, Victorino set career lows in on-base percentage and slugging percentage in 2012, but the outfielder looks to bounce back in 2013. One of the few bright spots of the 2012 season came in the form of Will Middlebrooks. The rookie was off to a stellar season before suffering a broken wrist and missing the last 48 games of the season. Prior to the injury, the third baseman hit .288 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs. He may have higher expectations in his sophomore season, but Middlebrooks says he enjoys the pressure. As long as the Red Sox can stay healthy, they all have a chance to lead the team in batting average. But who do you think will be the one to do it? Take Our Poll
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cavs beat Hawks without Kyrie Irving, take 2-0 lead

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Minor League team cancels 'A-Rod Juice Box Night'

Dolphins teammate on Dion Jordan: It’s a bad situation

Texans reportedly the favorite to be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Goodell will not recuse himself from Brady appeal

Will Smith suspended eight games for 'foreign substance'

Report: Kobe Bryant likely to retire following next season

Don Shula named in painkiller lawsuit from former NFL players

Kyrie Irving questionable for Game 2 versus Atlanta

Michael Sam signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

The Los Angeles Angels are finally finding their groove

Re-evaluating all 30 MLB teams at the quarter mark

Is virtual reality training the next leap forward for football?

Warriors a very shaky 2-0 against the Rockets

NFL icon Bud Grant zings Pats with Deflategate joke on Twitter

RG3 announces birth daughter's birth on social media

Don't listen to Nick Saban, the bowl system is just fine

MLB scores partial victory in minor league wage lawsuits

Ranking the NBA Playoffs' most significant injuries

WATCH: Will Smith ejected for foreign substance on arm

Guy behind NFL's social media trolling of Pats is a Jets fan?

In defense of 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

Ten players who could benefit due to PAT rule change

Five QBs set for breakout campaigns

Report: Lakers will pursue Thibodeau

MLS leaders struggling with attendance

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.