Breslow nears return; Victorino needs time

BOSTON -- Lefty reliever Craig Breslow was milling around the Red Sox clubhouse and is nearing a return as he works his way back from a shoulder strain. He faced four batters in a rehab outing Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket after facing four the previous night. Farrell said the back-to-back appearances was the big test, and now the club will wait two days to see how Breslow bounces back before making a decision on whether to activate him Monday.

Injured right fielder Shane Victorino made an appearance at the ring ceremony Friday but otherwise is staying away from his teammates as he recovers from the flu. Farrell said Victorino may come to the park for treatment on his strained right hamstring, but likely during games so that the majority of his teammates are elsewhere.

Victorino is eligible to come off the disabled list April 14. It is possible that the flu curbs his ability to rehab in time for an on-time return.

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