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Red Sox notes: Shane Victorino’s health status still up in the air

04.30.13 at 7:44 pm ET

TORONTO ‘€“ The Red Sox are still banking on Shane Victorino getting better.

While the outfielder was out of the lineup for a fifth straight game due to back spasms, the Sox were still hoping his ailment takes a turn for the better before their series at Rogers Centre is done.

“He’s showing some improvement. He went out and hit in the cage off the tee. He threw. He went through some not only treatment but other exercises in the gym, and while he’s not unavailable tonight, there is some improvement continuing to be made,’€ said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Asked about a possible stint on the disabled list, the Red Sox manager said, ‘€œWe’re hopeful there’s a chance. As we get through the end of this series, though, we may have to consider some roster change. But based on the improvement that he’s shown, we’re still hopeful.”

The Red Sox are 14-5 with Victorino in the lineup, with the right fielder hitting .292 with a .677 OPS, three stolen bases and 12 runs.

‘€œWe stated before that it would be great if we could get him to the point that he was ready go and then maybe give him one more day to ensure that,’€ Farrell added. ‘€œWhile he’s making progress, we’ve got to be cautious at the same time that it flared up twice in an eight-day period. Every step along those lines are being taken.”

– With their 9-17 start, Toronto manager John Gibbons came under a pointed line of questioning prior to the series opener.

Regarding the Jays’€™ attitude: ‘€œLet me tell you, the attitude of the team is great. That’€™s not a problem. We’€™re just not winning games. We’€™re playing a lot of close games, we’€™re just not winning them. As far as the attitude, sure, they’€™re pressing a lot. But there’€™s absolutely nothing wrong with our attitude.’€

Does the team have enough swagger?: ‘€œI’€™ve got no problem with that. What does swagger get you? It’€™s making a pitch, getting a big hit, making a defensive play. That’€™s what wins it for you. Swagger? I swagger but I was born that way. It’€™s bad genetics.’€

Can the Jays still make the playoffs?: ‘€œYes, otherwise we wouldn’€™t be here. I don’€™t know if you ever concede anything. You have to remember when guys get to this level they’€™re a little bit different now. They’€™re at the top of the game. They play to win. You take your knocks along the way just getting here. You don’€™t expect it to be easy. We’€™ll see. We definitely have to play better.’€

Regarding the heat he might be taking: ‘€œI’€™ve been here before, now. Let’€™s be honest. That’€™s just the way it goes. I can deal with it. I totally understand the frustration. Like I said before, they’€™re not near as frustrated as we are. That’€™s the point. But a few wins can cure a lot of things, so hopefully we get those.’€

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