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Stephen Drew may open the season on 15-day disabled list

Mar 17, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

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Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was diagnosed with a concussion 10 days ago after getting beaned in the batting helmet by a pitch. And the 30-year-old has not made a whole lot of tangible progress since.

Scott Lauber — Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald — reports that Drew “has been cleared only to lightly play catch, not to take batting practice or ramp up his physical activity.” Which prompted Red Sox manager John Farrell to acknowledge Sunday morning in Fort Myers, Florida that “the window is narrowing” on Drew’s chances of opening the regular season as a member of the active 25-man roster.

Drew has been in contact with Dr. Michael Collins, a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. But no amount of advice or treatment can help curb the symptoms. It’s all about rest.

“This is one of those things that time has got to be given for those symptoms to subside,” Farrell said.

The Red Sox will probably feature Jose Iglesias as their starting shortstop until Drew is ready.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Good luck to Drew. Concussions are so unpredictable.

  2. sykose - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Reblogged this on Sykose.

  3. sykose - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Reblogged this on Sykose.

  4. aceshigh11 - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    He’s got that Drew family durability for sure.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Ever had a concussion? Ever?

  5. hitdog042 - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Getting hit in the head with a pitch has nothing to do with durability. SMH

    • aceshigh11 - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Okay, it was a cruel comment on my part.

      Concussions are serious business, and I hope he’s okay.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I, for one, am very surprised that a Drew will be spending time on the DL for the Red Sox.

    Seriously, I have no hope for the Red Sox this season which actually makes everything very comical to me. That is the only enjoyment I expect to get out of this season….laughing at their failures and constant durability issues.

    And of course the trade deadline where we get to hear “We’re only 7 games out of the Wild Card race. We’re still in this! Trade prospects for guys who are only 3 seasons removed from a career season! The Angels want to trade Vernon Wells? AWESOME! Get him for the stretch run!”

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      So far, Napoli has looked good at first and Lester has been very good this spring. The Red Sox will probably win more games this season than last year.

  7. edelmanfanclub - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Jd drew actually performed well in boston besides his last year. I hope it runs in the

  8. edelmanfanclub - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Jd drew actually performed well in boston besides his last year. I hope it runs in the family how they handle boston. He’s not fragile btw he got hit in the head with a baseball…

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Collecting $14,000,000 a year to average 120 games a season isn’t really “performing well”.

      And he certainly wasn’t a $14,000,000 player in 2007 (OPS+ 105) or 2010 (109).

      • edelmanfanclub - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Well I said besides 2011 because he only played in 81 games that year.

        2007: 140 GP
        2008: 109 GP
        2009: 137 GP
        2010: 139 GP

        From 07-10, never had an OBP under .340, his average OBP from 07-10 was .379, and he had a WAR over 4 in 09. He also hit well in 07 and 08 Postseason. Remember his grand slam vs the Indians and walk off single vs the Rays?

        He wasnt the 5 hitter the red sox bought but he was not bad.

  9. tuberippin - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Ah, yes. A Drew getting injured and going on the DL, an annual Rite of Spring. This must mean that spring is fast approaching.

    • tuberippin - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      BOO THIS MAN!

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