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Jose Iglesias has been been a surprising early contributor to the Red Sox. But he remains, for now, a place-holder at shortstop. Stephen Drew is set to begin what is scheduled to be a four-game rehab assignment on Thursday with Double-A Portland, four weeks after he suffered a concussion when a fastball hit him squarely in the middle of his helmet.
Barring a setback, Drew likely will be activated next week, perhaps as soon as the Red Sox' home opener at Fenway Park on Monday. When he joins the big league team, Iglesias will head down to Triple-A Pawtucket. There's no gray area, no door ajar for the younger player to wedge himself into the Sox' lineup and to displace the veteran who signed a one-year, $9.5 million deal this offseason.
"We're certainly not going to take away from what Jose's done, but we signed a premium guy in the offseason to be our starting shortstop and we're not going to look at an injury to cause him to lose his job," said Sox manager John Farrell.
Why Iglesias' start won't alter Sox plans at SS
As a card carrying member of the Jose Iglesias fan club, this is disappointing to hear even if it was bound to happen. He's off to a hot start right out the gate, going 5-for-9 at the plate on top of his usual stellar play at short. But we all knew he was on borrowed time. Stephen Drew will be heading down to Portland to start his rehab stint and all signs point to him returning for the home opener on Monday.
Iglesias is continuing to evolve as a hitter. He looks more comfortable at the plate and it's amazing to see him be agressive with the bunts and use his speed to his advantage. One can only hope that he can continue to hit up in Toronto and at least make Farrell think twice about sending him down to AAA. Worst case scenario, Iglesias has a huge confidence boost and continues to work down in Pawtucket and prove he can be consistent at the plate.
This isn't a knock on Drew either. When he's healthy, he can bring some pop from the left side of the plate and is able to hold his own defensively, which is why the Sox spent $9.5 million on him. But with the way Iglesias has played thus far, you can see why they only signed Drew for one year.
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Jose Iglesias battled like a champ on Friday night, but it was obvious he wouldn’t be able to finish the game.
Iglesias left Friday’s game against the Blue Jays after the third inning with a right arm contusion. Iglesias suffered the injury when he was hit by a 93 mph fastball from Josh Johnson during an at-bat in the second inning.
The Red Sox shortstop did all he could to push...
How fitting it would be for the former Red Sox top prospect, who's chances were diminishing right before his eyes, to be thrown into the roster due to a teammate's injury. Projected starting SS Stephen Drew went down with a concussion and Jose Iglesias was suddenly relevant again. In the past he was seen as the future of Red Sox Nation, but after sub-par offensive production...
Don’t look now, but the Red Sox are undefeated.
OK, so the Sox probably won’t run the table, but for at least one day, Boston fans can say that they’re fandom once again lies with a winning organization. And although we’re only 0.617 percent through the season after Monday’s Opening Day showdown in the Bronx, there are plenty of reasons for the Red Sox to be encouraged...
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The Red Sox beat Toronto 6-4 -- blah blah blah -- we'll get to that in a moment. The big story here is that everybody's favorite Jose Iglesias got hit with a Josh Johnson fastball in the arm and had to leave the game. The good news is that he stayed in the game for a spell after getting pegged (and made one of those soon...
If you notice Jose Iglesias’ bat improving this season, you may have his double play partner to thank.
Iglesias visited Dustin Pedroia this winter in Arizona and the three-time All Star went back to his roots to help the shortstop out. Iglesias told Pedroia he had never played pepper before. Pedroia quickly changed that fact and it immediately helped the rookie see the ball better...
Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew has been cleared by
Major League Baseball to resume playing in games after passing concussion
testing, according to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.
MLB has cleared Red Sox SS Stephen Drew to begin playing in games. He has been out since March 7 with a concussion
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 2, 2013
Drew has been sidelined...
Major League Baseball cleared Boston Red Sox shortstop
Stephen Drew to play in games earlier this week after he was diagnosed with a
concussion during spring training. The offseason acquisition is making strides
in his recovery, and he could be ready to return in time to rejoin the Red Sox
for their home opener Monday against the Baltimore Orioles, according to Tim Britton of...
Time: 7:07 PM
Location: Yankee Stadium
Red Sox (2-1, 2-1 away)
Blue Jays (1-2, 1-2 home)
News, Notes, and What to Watch...
Stephen Drew took a big step toward returning to the diamond Tuesday.
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham reports that Drew has been cleared for game action by Major League Baseball. The Red Sox shortstop hasn’t played since being hit in the head with a pitch back on March 7.
Though he is now medically cleared, Drew still has a ways to go before he is ready to take the field in...
Its been almost a month since Stephen Drew was hit in the head by a pitch in a spring training game. The injury, which didn't seem serious at the time became a concern for the team when Drew started to experience concussion symptoms, and was then removed from all baseball activities. Since then Drew was cleared for baseball activities but had not been cleared until earlier today...
Red Sox Shortstop Stephen Drew could be back sooner rather than later. The team website has reported that the MLB has cleared the 30-year-old after his concussion, although he will play more spring training games.
The Red Sox have made another addition as well. The Providence Journal has reported that the Red Sox have signed former Baltimore Oriole and Texas Ranger Brandon Snyder...