Aug 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EST
J.D. Drew has been out since mid-July with a left shoulder impingement, but Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox’s “current plan” is to activate him from the disabled list once rosters expand on September 1.
And with Josh Reddick coming back down to earth following an amazing start Drew might actually be in line for significant playing time down the stretch.
Reddick was hitting .367 with a 1.088 OPS when Drew was placed on the disabled list, but in 30 games since then he’s just 22-for-92 (.239) with two homers and a .631 OPS, striking out 23 times while drawing just six walks.
Drew and Reddick both bat left-handed, so the lack of a platoon opportunity means manager Terry Francona will likely have to choose between them starting next week.