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Victorino out of Red Sox lineup

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 25, 2014 12:04 PM

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Shane Victorino is out of the Red Sox lineup with pain in his left side that occurred after Sunday's game against the Rays.

He had treatment on Monday and has since taken batting practice and played catch from 150 feet.

"He feels no residual effects, so, precautionary, we held him out of the lineup today and hopefully he's back in the lineup tomorrow," manager John Farrell said. "I wouldn't say it's the oblique. Just some general left side soreness."

Farrell said the Red Sox could keep Victorino in minor league games the rest of the week. That would allow the team to backdate his stint on the disabled list if that becomes necessary.

"That's a possibility just to be sure we don't jeopardize any further delay if that were to come up," Farrell said. "We're looking at all those possibilities."

Until this latest setback, Victorino was doing well physically over the last two weeks. He did not play in a game until March as he recovered from surgery on his right thumb and worked on strengthening core muscles that bothered him last season.

Victorino has played in eight games and had 22 at-bats.

"I thought he was coming along," said Farrell, who believes Victorino will be ready for Opening Day in Baltimore on Monday.

A few other notes:

Jon Lester will throw 95-100 pitches in a minor league game on Wednesday rather than face the Baltimore Orioles, the team he will face on Opening Day on Monday. Allen Webster will return from minor league camp to face the Orioles.

Lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow is scheduled for minor league games on Thursday and Saturday and is likely to start the season on the disabled list. For the second year in a row, he has needed extra time to build arm strength.

John Lackey, Felix Doubront and Jake Peavy will start the final three games of the exhibition season.

Outfielder Corey Brown said he can opt-out of his minor league contract on Thursday. He is planning to talk to his agent soon.

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