Stephen Drew doesn't anticipate any issues with Xander Bogaerts

DJ Bean
June 02, 2014 - 2:00 pm
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Stephen Drew is back in the Red Sox'€™ lineup as he makes his season debut Monday. Drew, who signed a one-year deal to return to the team last month, went 3-for-8 with Class-A Greenville and 2-for-14 with Triple-A Pawtucket before getting the call back to the Sox. "I feel good," Drew told reporters Monday. "In as limited at-bats as I had, my goal was to see as many pitches as I could and that is what I did down there, try to see every pitch possible before I get up here. There will be an adjustment up here; the game is a little bit different up here, that'€™s nothing new to me, just something playing games up here will accumulate.'€™'€™ Drew spent the beginning of the season working out in Miami and Georgia as he kept himself in game shape while awaiting a resolution on his contract situation. After spending recent days in the minors, Drew said he still expects some sort of adjustment, but that it shouldn'€™t take long. "€œIt'€™s nothing new; I think that'€™s going to come,"€ Drew said. "I know the pitchers here, which is good. It will take a few games to get acclimated with the speed here, but I think overall it will be fine." The 31-year-old will take over as the team'€™s primary shortstop, with Xander Bogaerts serving as the team'€™s third baseman. Drew said that he doesn'€™t feel there will be any sort of rift between he and Bogaerts, and that he feels Bogaerts understands that the team is better off with Drew playing short and Bogaerts manning third. "€œI talked to him, just me and him," Drew said. "€œI was kind of in the same boat in Arizona with [Craig] Counsell there and coming up, so basically it'€™s going to hopefully make the team better. That'€™s the reason why they look at it, going back to last year he played really well at third. "It'€™s not that he can'€™t play short, I just think it makes the club better. We'€™re fine. I talked to him. I know what it felt like when I was that age and I was the same thing coming up with Counsell. I gave him my advice there and we'€™re on the same page.'€™'€™
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