Red Sox pregame notes: Stephen Drew faces ‘biggest test’ in BP; Brock Holt starts in right field

June 14, 2014 - 10:56 am
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It was going to be judgment day for Stephen Drew. That, however, will have to wait until Sunday. The beleaguered Red Sox shortstop, who hasn'€™t appeared in a game since Sunday after suffering a right oblique injury, took part in batting practice before today'€™s game -€“ an important stepping stone in his eventual return to field. After the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Indians, manager John Farrell said Drew would be available Sunday. The shortstop suggested the verdict regarding his availability would be determined after seeing how he feels prior to the series finale. Speaking to the media after his afternoon workout session, Drew seemed encouraged, albeit vague, on the progress of his injury. "€œIt'€™s alright, we'€™re still working through it. So far, it'€™s pretty good," Drew said. "€œI'€™m still working through things, I'€™m going to test some other things out and go from there." Drew acknowledged that the BP session went as he thought it would, adding that his return is still a work in progress. "€œI mean, I'€™ve never had this [injury], so I'€™m just trying to work through it like I said and see where we'€™re at and we got to do some more things and go through some tests, so we'€™ll see where we'€™re at at the end,"€ Drew said. Drew added: "To start with, it wasn'€™t tolerable (when the injury first occurred). These extra days and stuff, it'€™s obviously I could swing a bat and stuff like that. Like I said, just working through things, trying to get at game speed and go from there." Before leaving the field, Drew also took grounders at shortstop for around 10 minutes and looked to be moving without much issue during the fielding exercise. Speaking in his pregame press conference, Sox manager John Farrell stated that today'€™s batting practice would be a huge measuring stick in determining Drew'€™s current health. The Boston skipper noted that if Drew passed all of today'€™s tests, he would be available for tonight'€™s game. However, Farrell also added that an MRI and a potential trip to the disabled list will be in the cards for Drew if his ailing oblique does not respond well to today'€™s pregame sessions. "€œThis will be the biggest test to date for him,"€ Farrell said. "€œIf he passes this, we'€™ve got him available today. If not, we may have to do something with him roster wise." Farrell continued: "€œIf he doesn'€™t pass, then an MRI will definitely be done and then the potential for a roster move." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- Brock Holt will add another position to his growing jack-of-all trades resume, as he will man right field today for the first time this season. Holt has already seen time at first base, third base and left field this year. "Brock is in right, in large part because Jonny [Gomes] has played left field so well here," Farrell said. "Even though we moved Brock around some, I feel like we can take advantage of his speed and maybe added range in right field if it'€™s needed."€ Farrell acknowledged that Holt'€™s versatility has been a big boost for the club this season. "€œIt'€™s his ability to adapt to a new position as quick as he has, that'€™s the thing that'€™s been most surprising," Farrell said. "€œKnowing who he is as a competitor and an athlete and his baseball intelligence, that'€™s not surprising. It'€™s just the ability to adapt so quick."

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