Stephen Drew collects 2 hits, feels healthy in return

June 16, 2014 - 2:17 am
Stephen Drew wanted to be sure he felt right. He didn't want the right oblique injury that had been healing over the last week to impact him at the plate, where he was already struggling, or at shortstop, where he's most valuable. And most importantly, he didn't want to risk worsening an injury he was unfamiliar with. So he refused to rush it. Drew spent the last week under supervision as he went through workouts and tested his oblique throughout the week. "It'€™s just something where you just do checklists and going through whatever these guys have here," he said. "Just going out there and making sure I'€™m able to go out and play a big league game. It took a little time." On Sunday, he was ready. And he made the most of his return. Drew went 2 for 4 at the plate with a stolen base and strong infield play in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Indians on Sunday. He had a pair of singles, and finished the game feeling healthy. When asked how he felt after the game, Drew said, "Not too bad. Overall it was a good day. I'€™m still moving forward. Overall I was pretty pleased with it." Said manager John Farrell: "Physically, he came out of today fine. You see some consistent timing coming from him as he gets more at-bats, even with the full five days down here." Drew pulled the ball to right field in his first at-bat for a base hit off Cleveland starter Corey Kluber, and went opposite field on an outside fastball in his third at-bat in the seventh inning. Drew struck out in his other two plate appearances. "I thought I saw some good pitches," Drew said. "The first strikeout on me, looking at the replay it was off the plate so I thought I saw it right, just kind of unfortunate there. ... Getting back I think the timing is pretty good so far." Drew said he feels healthy enough to play Monday and going forward. "I didn't plan on having days off," he said. "It'€™s something that was kind of unfortunate, but at the same time I'€™m glad it'€™s kind of on the downhill." Now that he's well, it's simply a matter of Drew trying to get his timing back at the plate. He's hitting .167/.250/.071 in 18 plate appearances since rejoining the Sox on June 2. And while being sidelined over the last week was another disturbance in the process of getting his swing up to speed, he's happy to have the chance to finally be in position to move forward on the field. "I'€™m just glad to be back out there," Drew said.