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J.D. Drew already has his first nagging injury of 2011

Feb 6, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

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Buried in Nick Cafardo’s excellent Sunday notes column on the Boston Globe‘s website is this bit of troubling news for Red Sox fans: J.D. Drew has been experiencing discomfort in his hamstring this offseason and is likely to be limited when spring training opens later this month.

Drew battled hamstring problems throughout much of the 2010 season.  He didn’t hit the disabled list once, but that seems likely to change this year if he is already having struggles here in early February.

The good news is that the Red Sox have enough depth to handle the two- or three-week stints when he goes down.  Ryan Kalish is a well-rounded player and just about ready to become a big league regular.  Mike Cameron and Darnell McDonald are both quality backups, too.

Boston is used to Drew’s nagging injuries.  He started only 127 games in 2010, 124 in 2009 and 105 in 2008.  That he’s already having problems is unfortunate, but the Sox are prepared.

Drew, 35, is entering the final season of a five-year, $72 million contract that he signed in December of 2006.  He has spoken a few times about retiring when the 2011 season concludes.

  1. crankyfrankie - Feb 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    That you for bringing a smile to this Philadelphians face before Aces and Chooches report.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    I thought that “J. D. Drew” and “nagging injury” were synonyms.

  3. jamie54 - Feb 6, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Yea, Vegas should have a line with him and Chipper Jones over/under 50 games this year.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 6, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Beckett and lackey will be joining him in the DL this season, bank on it!

  5. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Feb 7, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    JD won’t retire as long as some GM will pay $15+ million for 100 games. It hasn’t bother the Sox in the past, so you never know.

  6. BC - Feb 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Dude just doesn’t work hard. Gets dinged up all the time because he doesn’t keep himself in good shape. Figures he’s just gonna show up and play. Chipwich.

  7. xmatt0926x - Feb 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    I hate this guy. Talk about a guy who just doesn’t love the game and never has. He reminds me of Derrick Coleman from the NBA in years past. These guys could have played at 80% and walked into the hall of fame’s of their sport if they just cared enough about their game. In the end though both got all the money in the world with each team they played for foolishly thinking “he’ll play hard for us”.

  8. bobosox - Feb 7, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    JD is a ‘good’ ballplayer. His attitude has always been laid back and his approach seemingly lackadaisical. His proneness to injury amplifies his attitude.

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