Red Sox pregame notes: Red Sox hoping Stephen Drew returns Monday, Ryan Lavarnway out with broken left hamate bone

May 30, 2014 - 4:04 pm

The day is nearing for Stephen Drew to make his return to the Red Sox. Until Monday, when Drew is eligible to be recalled from the minors, the shortstop will finish out his assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox, who travel to Norfolk to face the Tide. Drew will play nine innings of shortstop on Saturday and Sunday. So far in his minor league stint, Drew is hitting .267/.313/.400 in 15 at-bats with two RBI, two doubles, four strikeouts and one walk. Manager John Farrell says the team hopes to get a better read of where Drew is in his approach at the plate over the next couple of days. "We'll probably have a better read on that because I know when he was in Greenville, we spoke after that three-game stint and by his own design, he wanted to see as many pitches as possible, knowing it was going to be an abbreviated number of at-bats, he just wanted to track the ball as much as possible," Farrell said. "Still, we know it's a bottom line game, but we're trusting the fact that this is a veteran player getting back in shape." Farrell expects Drew's strikeout numbers to decrease as he continues to gain more exposure against live pitching. "My personal description of Stephen, he's a rhythm type of hitter," Farrell said. "Timing and playing every day is key to that to maintain it and to hone it so we're not at any point to rush to any evaluation that's going to be a determining factor on whether he is activated Monday or later on, we know that this is going to be a process for a while and am fully accepting of that." OTHER RED SOX NOTES: - When Ryan Lavarnway came out of Thursday night's game in the fifth inning after just one at-bat, the move was puzzling. After manager John Farrell said Thursday that Lavarnway had been experiencing left wrist soreness, it was revealed on Friday that Lavarnway broke his left hamate bone and will require surgery. Farrell said that all of information on the injury is not yet available. "We'll know more after surgery," Farrell said. "At this point with four months remaining, I wouldn't suspect it would be season-ending." Lavarnway, who was hitting .265/.357/.346 with two homers and 11 RBIs in Pawtucket this year, made his first career start at first base Thursday night after being recalled from Pawtucket on May 26. Lavarnway elaborated on his injury after Thursday's game. "It was on one of the balls I fouled straight back in my first at-bat,"€ Lavarnway said. '€'I felt a pain in my hand/wrist area. I thought I would be able to play through it. Tried to stay in the game, obviously, tried to play through it. When I got in the on-deck circle for my next at-bat, when Grady [Sizemore] ended up making the last out, I was having a real difficult time swinging. So I wanted to let a healthy guy have that at-bat instead of trying to force my way in and giving them an easy out."