Victorino, Nava not ready to play in games

Victorino, Nava not ready to play in games
February 27, 2014, 2:45 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Even with a doubleheader on tap Thursday, the Sox stayed away from outfielders Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino, with each nursing minor ailments.
     
Nava has been hampered by a stiff neck and only returning to taking swings on Wednesday. He took live batting practice Thursday morning.
     
Manager John Farrell said there was a possibility that Nava could see game action Friday against Minnesota, but more likely will make his Grapefruit League debut "sometime over the weekend," against either Minnesota (Saturday) or Baltimore (Sunday).
     
Meanwhile, Victorino is working on improving his core strength.
     
"His first two days of work, coming in, were very good," said John Farrell. "But then we saw some needs and we're addressing them right now. He continues to throw, he's doing some running and we're just addressing his overall core strength."
     
Farrell didn't have a timetable for Victorino getting into a game.
     
"Not yet," said Farrell. "He's going to be out there when he's first ready. We know this from Shane -- he's going to want to get out there before we might want to put him in games. But there's no reason to think he's not going to be ready for Opening Day. That's not a concern."