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Stephen Drew sidelined with concussion symptoms

Mar 9, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

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Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Stephen Drew was scratched from yesterday’s Grapefruit League lineup due to concussion symptoms, one day after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Caleb Thielbar of the Twins.

Drew was believed to be fine initially and was even expected to be in the lineup yesterday, but he began to feel symptoms late Thursday night while reading a book. Now he’ll have to pass a series of concussion tests and be cleared by an MLB doctor before returning to the field.

Drew signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Red Sox over the winter and is slated to be the team’s starting shortstop this season. The 29-year-old returned from ankle surgery last year and batted .223/.309/.348 with seven home runs, 28 RBI and a .657 OPS in 79 games between the Diamondbacks and Athletics.

  1. professorperry - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    I’m sure the Red Sox fan base will be kind and patient as they wait for a Drew to recover from injury.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      We’re still waiting for his brother to get over his period cramps.

  2. natslady - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    This happened in Spring Training and not in the WBC, right? OK, just checking. (Why was a guy throwing at his head? Caleb Thielbar? Wat is dat?)

  3. hcf95688 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Thats what that damn book learnin’ will do for ya.

  4. paperlions - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Oooooh, this is who they were talking about….I had the Red Sox ST game on for a bit last night and they were talking about a player being out because of a concussion after a pitch hit the bill of his helmet the day before.

    If a pitch that hits the bill of the helmet can cause brain trauma, and I don’t doubt that it can, imagine what a pitch directly to the noggin can do….no helmet is going to keep the brain from striking the inside of the skull if the impact imparts a great deal of external force.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Mar 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Stephen was hit so hard that JD was put on bed rest for two weeks.

  6. coloradostupid - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I know Red Sox fans were not exactly excited to see another Drew in a Red Sox uniform after the whole JD experience, but how can you not wish this guy a speedy recovery? To suggest Red Sox fans, and Red Sox media, would be vindictive and impatient after this, is wrong.

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