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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Papelbon battling the flu

By Joe McDonald

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was in camp today, but he did not participate in any drills due to battling the flu.

He was allowed an excused absence on Sunday to stay home and take care of his wife, who had the bug, and now he’s got it.

“His wife was real sick, and he ended up attending to her,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “[Monday] was his big day because it was his side day and he got through it. He came out today and we kept him inside for the majority of the day. He was really feeling it.”

Boston’s closer tossed 20 pitches during a live BP session on Monday.

"To bring him out here today probably would have been a mistake," Francona said.