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Flu delays Soriano's first Grapefruit appearance

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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.

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.

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.

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