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Flu sidelines Soriano from Yankees' workouts

TAMPA -- The Yankees had hoped to have Alfonso Soriano back on the field Saturday, but now it appears the flu Soriano's been dealing with will keep him sidelined until next week.

Soriano was excused from on-field activities Friday but did work out in the weight room, seemingly an encouraging sign for the 38-year-old outfielder/designated hitter. But he was held out completely Saturday and won't work out on the field Sunday, either.

"He's still not doing well. He'll be re-evaluated Monday to see where he's at," Girardi said. "We thought he was doing better, and then [Friday] night he got worse again."

The illness has kept Soriano from working out with the team since New York's position players reported to Spring Training on Wednesday.

Acquired before last year's Trade Deadline, Soriano hit .256/.325/.525 with 17 homers and 50 RBIs in 58 games for the Yankees. Overall in 2013, the 15-year veteran hit .255/.302/.489 with 34 homers and 101 RBIs. With Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran likely manning the corner-outfield positions, Soriano figures to see most of his playing time as the Yankees' primary right-handed designated hitter.

Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.
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