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Flu delays Soriano's first Grapefruit appearance

Flu delays Soriano's first Grapefruit appearance

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano's spring debut is on hold. The veteran had been scheduled to play on Sunday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., but he is not completely over a battle with the flu.

"We don't feel like he's quite at full strength, and we don't want to run him out there," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

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Soriano has missed the first five games of the spring and was also held out of workouts early in camp. He was seen by a doctor on Saturday to update his medication, and told reporters that his energy is at about "80 percent."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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