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Stephen Drew aggravates oblique injury, could be headed for MRI

Jun 12, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game tonight after he aggravated his right oblique injury during batting practice on Wednesday. According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Drew could be sent for an MRI tomorrow if he’s still dealing with discomfort.

“He’s frustrated by it,” manager John Farrell said. “At the same time, we can’t risk any longer-term situation here.”

Drew signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Red Sox late last month and played seven tune-up games in the minors before making his season debut last Monday. The 31-year-old was showing signs of rust prior to the oblique injury, going just 1-for-14 with five strikeouts. These type of injuries are notoriously tricky, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a trip to the disabled list is next.

Jonathan Herrera has been filling in at shortstop this week, but he hasn’t done much at the plate. It will be interesting to see if Xander Bogaerts slides back over to shortstop if Drew’s injury requires a lengthy absence, as it would give the Red Sox another way to get Brock Holt into the lineup. With Shane Victorino set to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday, they could use the extra flexibility.

  1. sabatimus - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Gee, this experiment is working out so far.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Waiting for Morales to have the same or similar in a week or so.

  2. raynman49 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Gee, who thought something like this would happen?Just most people with a brain. Stupid move. Stupid.

  3. petey1999 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    After last year, Cherington regresses to the mean.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Not just Cherington my friend.

  4. jfk69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    and Wilpon was heard loudly proclaiming. I told you so.

  5. moose2k - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    The Drew brothers aggravate me!

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Hey J.D Drew was a pretty solid player, and Stephen doesn’t have much of a bat but he is still a pretty darn good shortstop. I don’t think the Red Sox should’ve signed him, but I think he can fit well into some major league club. He did have some clutch hits in October, despite his despicable average.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        Drew was a talented player.

        But he was FAR from “solid”.

        Solid would indicate durability, reliability, and consistency.

        JD never played more than 146 games in a year, and since 1999 he averaged less than 120 a season, and was out of the game by age 36.

        He wasn’t a solid player. He was a waste of talent.

  6. miguelcairo - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I called this a mile away. $10 mil to play–or not–for a few months.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM



  8. chargrz - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Great Signing!

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      $10,000,000 for what will end up amounting to 1 hit for the year (whether he plays or not).

      Definitely was a good signing on his end.

  9. drewzducks - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Hallelujah !

  10. papajack1259 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    What were they thinking? Or what were they drinking?
    Makes & made no sense at all a few more blunders like this an Cherington will be in Cleveland getting Theo’s coffee agai!

    • yankeefan1950 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Um, Theo is in Chicago, not Cleveland. But that’s okay, keep on commenting, ignorance is the primary requirement for expressing opinions in blogs.

  11. theskinsman - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    This season is toast for Boston,barring a miracle of health and return of touch to the whole team. Instead of pretending this team has a shot, bring up some AAA talent and give them a good look to see who stays and who goes for next season.

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