Victorino (flu) still being kept from teammates

Victorino (flu) still being kept from teammates
April 5, 2014, 5:15 pm
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BOSTON -- It was a bit of a surprise when Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" came seeping out of the Fenway Park public address system during the pregame Opening Day ceremonies on Friday afternoon. Earlier that day, Red Sox manager John Farrell explained that he wasn't expecting Victorino -- who uses the reggae tune as his walk-up music before every at-bat -- to be in attendance given that the outfielder was still dealing with the flu.

Yet there he was, popping out of the dugout, in uniform, to receive his World Series ring. He gave teammates a different version of the high-five, a high-elbow, as to keep his germs to himself when he met them in the outfield, new jewelery in hand.

That Victorino was in attendance for the Opening Day festivities doesn't necessarily mean he's close to a return, Farrell said Saturday.

"He was here for a brief time yesterday," Farrell said. "He's not around the team. We'll likely bring him in during game time to continue to get treatment but not be around the majority of players for the flu like symptoms and the flu that he's dealing with. He's still in that phase. I don't have an update on how long his separation from the team will be. That will depend on how quickly he deals with the flu."

Before the first game of the season, Victornio was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Farrell said that the Red Sox are unsure as to whether or not Victorino's illness will hamper the recovery time for his hamstring.

"Remains to be seen," Farrell said. "I can't tell you if it's going to prolong the DL time or when the date of his return will be. I don't think we had a specific date on the calendar that we expected him back regardless of the flu. We just gotta progress through it."