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MLB Injury News:
The Boston Red Sox were hoping to have shortstop Stephen Drew back in the lineup on Friday, but it appears now that Saturday is more likely. MLB.com's Michael Periatt reports that Drew will sit out again on Friday due to tightness in his right hamstring but could play on Saturday at the Los Angeles Angels.
Drew exited the game on June 28 early and has not played since. So far, he has avoided the disabled list, and he has progressed through his recovery. Drew has been running without reporting any issues that may delay him any further. Manager John Farrell feels that Saturday is the right time to play Drew again. Said Farrell,
"Stephen will run again today and we're getting closer
to hopefully staying away from the DL. We're thinking Saturday might be a day
he's back in the starting lineup if he's continues to progress as he has the
past couple days, so he's moving in the right direction."
According to Periatt, if Drew cannot play Saturday, then the Red Sox may consider a possible DL stint. That may also mean calling up another relief pitcher. So far during Drew's absence, the Red Sox starters have pitched deep enough not to need an extra bullpen arm. If Drew heads to the DL, then another reliever may fill Drew's roster spot.
Drew is a solid shortstop who has committed only three errors in 66 games this season. His .233 average is well below his career average of .263, but with the league-leading offense that Boston has, steady defense is more than enough. Jose Iglesias has provided flawless defense and a steady bat while filling in for Drew.
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