Notes: Victorinio scratched after discomfort in thumb

Notes: Victorinio scratched after discomfort in thumb
March 14, 2014, 1:45 pm
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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Outfielder Shane Victorino, who was scheduled to play in a minor league game Friday in Fort Myers, was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons by the training staff.
     
Victorino, who underwent off-season surgery on his right thumb, felt some discomfort during a swing Thursday against Minnesota, but intended to play Friday. The training staff, however, thought it better to be cautious and recommended he not play.
     
Victorino did take a regular round of batting practice Friday morning and intends to play Saturday night when the Red Sox host the Philadelphia Phillies.


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 Both Brock Holt and Jonathan Herrera -- in competition for the backup utility role -- were in the lineup against Toronto.
     
"Defensively, you always prioritize shortstop as the No. 1 position," said Farrell. "It's the one that requires the most skill. Then you see how the fit is. The fact that both can hit lefthanded is a plus for both, so it's not much of a separator between the two. They both have good running speed. In that role, you're looking for a guy who's going to bring energy the day he's on the field and both are that type of personality."

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Lefty reliever Craig Breslow, as was the case last year, is being brought along slowly and isn't yet scheduled for game action.
     
"Not yet," said Farrell. "He's on the mound again today, so he's had multiple bullpen sessions, so that's getting closer. In conversations with him, it's not so much the outings. I'd like to get him three to five. We'll see if  there's ample time to do that. It's more about how he feels physically and how he's responding to consistent work. He's always contended that as long as has his arm strength and arm slot, he's confident he can execute pitches (when the time comes)."