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Shane Victorino hoping to make return Friday in Texas

05.01.13 at 7:22 pm ET

TORONTO — Shane Victorino, who hasn’t played since April 24 due to inflammation in his back, remained optimistic that he would be able to avoid a disabled list stint. The outfielder swung the bat, taking soft toss while gearing up for outside batting practice before the Red Sox finished their series at Rogers Centre.

“Obviously it’€™s getting to the point where a decision is going to have to be made,” he said. “It’€™s out of my hands but it’€™s getting to a point it’€™s been six, seven days, it’€™s getting to that point where am I going to be ready in a couple of days or is it going to take a little longer? Like I said, I’€™ve progressed every day, tomorrow we’€™re going to add to the workload, going to take some BP and adding that kind of stuff. My goal is if everything goes accordingly I’€™d like to play the first game in Texas. Again, that’€™s how my body reacts, how my body feels but everyday it’€™s progressed in a positive direction, no setbacks when I get up in the morning or anything like that so I’€™m happy and satisfied with that.”

The Red Sox’ right fielders have combined for a .656 OPS and .275 batting average. Wednesday night, Daniel Nava became the first Red Sox right fielder to hit a home run.

Victorino is hitting .292 with a .677 OPS, having stole three bases and scored 12 runs.

“We don’€™t want any setbacks, we don’€™t want this thing to be, as we saw early, come back one day, rest it and feel good and come back in a week like I have been,” he said. “That’€™s the kind of thing for me what’€™s frustrating for me, having never had a back problem before, having this all of a sudden occur, the team is going good, the team is going well, again having to sit back and watch it happen but hey, I tip my hat to the guys, they’€™ve done a great job, it’€™s fun to watch. ‘€¦ It was a great month of April, but it’€™s not how you strt, it’€™s how you finish, the team’€™s excited, I’€™m excited, it’€™s been fun, I’€™ve had a lot of pom-poms cheering for these guys but I’€™m going to continue to do that and like I said hopefully be back sooner than later.”

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