Williams has fever following appendectomy

Updated: February 28, 2004, 7:44 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Bernie Williams remained hospitalized Saturday, two days after having his appendix removed.

Bernie Williams

New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said a low-grade fever, which is not unusual following surgery, prompted officials to keep the Yankees' center fielder at St. Joseph's Hospital. Williams might be released Sunday.

"He's not getting out today just because had a fever last night," Torre said Saturday. "If you have a fever, they like to make sure you go 24 hours without a fever. I don't think it's anymore than that."

Williams is considered a long shot to be ready for the Yankees' season opener March 30 in Tokyo against Tampa Bay. Torre did not rule out the outfielder returning the week after the Japan trip.

"We got to make sure Bernie doesn't try to comeback too fast," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said. "You know Bernie. He'd be out there tomorrow if he could. You don't have to worry about Bernie. He's a soldier. He's a warrior."

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