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Stephen Drew plays shortstop for a full game at Triple-A

May 30, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Sent to the minors by the Red Sox to get back into game shape after sitting out the first six weeks of the season, Stephen Drew played shortstop for a full game last night at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Mike Scandura of reports that Drew was originally slated to play designated hitter, but felt good enough physically to put in the nine innings at shortstop instead. However, he went 0-for-4 at the plate and is 4-for-15 (.267) with seven strikeouts and one walk in five minor-league games overall.

Because the Red Sox had to pass Drew through waivers unclaimed before sending him to the minors in a procedural move he has to remain there for at least 10 days before joining the active roster and it’s possible they’ll decide he needs a bit more time than that based on his performance. June 2 is the earliest he could return to the majors after signing a one-year, $10.1 million deal that equals a prorated share of the qualifying offer he turned down to start the offseason.

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  1. thedoubleentandres - May 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Didn’t his agent say they had some massive deal on the table for him at the start of the year?

  2. phillyguyindc - May 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    What is “game shape” for baseball?

  3. tfbuckfutter - May 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    So….he’s still as bad at the start of this season as he was at the end of last season?

  4. rollinghighwayblues - May 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    When you break it down Drew is making $100,000 a game this season to play supreme defense and banjo hit. Wow.

  5. 18thstreet - May 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    The end of the Jonathan Herrera era — or the “Herr-era,” as no one calls it — is coming to an end.

    Brock Holt \o/ moves to the bench.

    • 18thstreet - May 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      “The end … is coming to an end.”

      Where’s the end function on this thing? I blame my iPhone’s autocorrect feature.

  6. stoutfiles - May 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    “4-for-15 (.267) with seven strikeouts and one walk in five minor-league games overall.”

    His career average is .264, so he’s actually outperforming what the Red Sox should expect.

    Seriously, it blows my mind why this guy is getting paid so much. He is incredibly average.

    • 18thstreet - May 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Well, they didn’t want to pay him this much. (I think he’s even below average.) But Wil Middlebrooks kinda forced the issue. He’s being paid this much because there’s no better option.

      Thankfully, for Red Sox fans, it’s a one-year (actually, two-thirds of a year) deal.

      But if they don’t get more offense (especially from the outfield), then the improved defense isn’t going to make a huge difference.

  7. bmadormo - May 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Everyone gets on the Yankees for wild spending-Red Sox are pretty good at it as we’ll. they’ve been messing with shortstop ever since the Nomar days

    • 18thstreet - May 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Geez, what year are you living in? The Dodgers are outspending the Yankees this year, and the Red Sox opened the year 5th in payroll, behind the Tigers and Phillies.

      – They had a hole at catcher, and instead of bidding for McCann or Carlos Ruiz or retaining Saltalamacchia, they signed AJ Pierzinsky.
      – They let Ellsbury go and handed the position to a rookie.
      – They tried letting Drew go and handed HIS position to a rookie. (A decision that’s been reversed.)
      – When their 5th (or possibly 6th( starter decided to retire, they signed Chris Capuano and made Doubront his replacement.
      – They resigned Napoli to a 2-year commitment

      Overpaying for *four months* of Drew — which they are definitely doing here — is not evidence of an undisciplined franchise. It’s evidence that Will Middlebrooks was a bad choice for third base.

  8. playball - May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I thought he looked pretty good the other night. Despite the strike outs, he is showing good plate discipline. Prior to every at-bat and after every at-bat, he speaks to the coach. He is stretching and moving in the field and prior to the at-bat.

    Where are all the fans that were so excited to see the signing? I’m a fan and can’t wait to see him up. We have a lot of guys that need rest or are on the dl. Our infield will be better with him here. Carp is beat up, Napoli is on the dl.

    I hope Brock Holt can shift to first while Napoli is out. I know he hasn’t played that position before, but, maybe that will keep him around.

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