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Red Sox to place J.D. Drew on DL with shoulder impingement

Jul 24, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

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It’s been a long time coming, but the Red Sox will place the struggling J.D. Drew on the disabled list Monday due to an impingement in his left shoulder,’s Sean McAdam reports.

The Red Sox certainly appear to be better off with Josh Reddick in right field anyway, and they’ve been using him there since Carl Crawford came off the disabled list.  Reddick went 2-for-5 with an RBI today and is hitting .365 with four homers and 19 RBI in 95 at-bats for Boston.

Drew has similar power numbers.  Unfortunately, they’ve comes in 2 1/2 times as much playing time.  Drew has hit .219 with four homers and 21 RBI in 233 at-bats.

Believe it or not, it will be Drew’s first DL stint since 2008.  He’s managed to stay relatively healthy three straight years, but because he’s had such a difficult season, there has been talk that the Red Sox might release him in advance of him becoming a free agent this winter.

There hasn’t been any word yet on who will replace Drew on the roster, but infielder Drew Sutton is an obvious candidate.

Update: It sounds like the Red Sox will go to 13 pitchers, if only briefly.  Jon Lester, slated to start tomorrow night, is expected to take Drew’s roster slot.

  1. bobwsc - Jul 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    probably a pitcher, but a cup of coffee for Lavarnway would be nice.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 24, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Keep better Soon JD!!! We will miss your bat in the lineup!!

    • JBerardi - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      As someone who’s an actual factual fan of JD Drew over the course of his career… your comment is still utterly baffling to me. Unless by “we”, you mean “Yankees fans”.

  3. hitdog042 - Jul 24, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    lavernway up serves no purpose. and jd is retiring end of year pbt. as to whoever posted we will miss his bat is confused.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM

      Harry is not confused. He is a Yankee fan and hopes that Drew returns to the Red Sox lineup because Drew is washed up.

  4. gmsingh - Jul 24, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    “Shoulder impingement?” Is that better or worse than a hangnail? And when will we be hearing about groin impingements?

    • JBerardi - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:02 PM

      He’s on the DL with a strained ability to hit.

      • ippy369 - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:42 PM

        “skip, I hurt my feelings”

      • patsandsox - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        I think they shoulc schedule a JD Drew day. Give him the gold watch, cue the highlight reel of his grandslam in 2007 ALCS and give him and his family vacation tickets to the bahamas.

        They have to pay his salary either way this season, so if they retire him now, or he rots on the dl and takes roster space what difference does it make? Give the kids a chance.

        My big regret is Kalish being hurt. I thought he was the heir apparent in right. Hopefully he is ready next season. With Kalish and Reddick to add to Elsbury and Crawford the outfield is looking set for years.

  5. frankvzappa - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    At this point Drew is just trying to catch a free ride through one final postseason on the coattails of gamers before his sorry ass hangs ’em up.

  6. pisano - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    With the way Reddick is playing, I don’t think Boston’s fans have to slam JD Drew anymore. They will only see him as a back up, if they ever see him at all.

  7. patsandsox - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    My take on this and I could be wrong: The Red Sox want to audition Reddick in right field before making a trade. They needed to free up a roster spot to bring back Lester today. Drew has done next to nothing so far this year and its his final year so they come up with a phantom injury and place him on the dl. If Reddick performs they way he has, its a win for the Red Sox and Reddick. They might even give JD early retirement and pick up another bat via the waiver market. If Reddick cools off, then they make a trade for another outfielder, probably not Beltran as they do not want to give up more prospect but would rather use cash.

    I really think this is the classic phantom injury since no mention was ever heard of it prior to JD going on the DL.

  8. bigharold - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    “…probably not Beltran as they do not want to give up more prospect but would rather use cash.”

    I would think they could get Beltran fairly cheap prospect wise if tey were williing to eat more of his contract. Belttran is not a good long term fit for the RS becuse of his age and injuries. But, for the rest of this season he’s a good investment. He’s playing for next year and he knows it.

    The RS need more pitching, (who doesn’t), but Beltran might well add to an already formidable offense and supply very good defense as well. As a Yankee fan I hope the RS don’t get Beltran. He might be a tad fragile but he has ability both offensive and defensive. Also, he has a record of being able to produce in big moments.

  9. patsandsox - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    For sale cheap:
    Outfielder with some tread left on his cleats. Plays good defense, hitting skills are not what they once were. Nice person, good teamate, never late for practice or an interview.
    We will pickup remainder of salary.
    Asking 5th outfielder or best offer

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