Victorino to sit out first few exhibition games

Victorino to sit out first few exhibition games
February 25, 2014, 7:30 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla -- The exhibition schedule begins Thursday and Grapefruit League play starts Friday, but it could be a few more days before Shane Victorino is on the field for the Red Sox.
     
Manager John Farrell said the Sox are holding Victorino out of action for a while as Victorino builds some core strength.
     
"He went through two really good days of work,'' said Farrell, "and coming out of swinging the bat off the tee, soft toss and some light BP, we thought there were some other things that we needed to address, just from core strengthening and he's going through that right now.
     
"We don't have a date right now where he'd be in games. There's some other work we've got to take care of first.''
     
Farrell stressed that the concerns are not related to the right hand/thumb surgery Victorino underwent during the off-season.
     
"He feels good there,'' said Farrell. "He came out and ran today for about 12 minutes, ran the bases some. He threw. We just feel like there's more to his base and foundation that we can build physically before ramping up the work."
     
Farrell added that the Sox believe there's still plenty of time for Victorino to get ready for the start of the season.