by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew returned from a two-game absence due to a back issue Monday in Chicago.
Drew went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. He also struck out once and is batting .231 on the year. He's been on a hot streak recently as he entered the game hitting .333 over his previous 11 games.
Stephen Drew 'back' from two-game absence
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew made his return to the lineup Monday against the White Sox after missing two games with a back injury. Drew is batting .333 (13 for 39) with two home runs, four doubles and nine RBI in his last 11 games.
Stephen Drew plans to return soon
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who was not starting Sunday against the Twins, plans to return to the lineup shortly, WEEI.com reports. He believes he'll be over his back issue in the coming days.
"I hope so. I don’t plan on sitting out much longer," said Drew when asked if believed a return was imminent. "I know I needed that day [Saturday], and then we have the quick turnaround [Sunday afternoon]. Give it one more day and hopefully it kind of settles down and we get back after it."
The shortstop is hitting .321 in May with a .969 OPS. He's being replaced at short and in the lineup by Pedro Ciriaco.
Stephen Drew sitting in second straight
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew remained out of the starting lineup Sunday in Minnesota. Drew missed his second-consecutive start with a back issue.
Manager John Farrell came out early Saturday and said that Drew was OK after he played through the back problem Friday. But Drew missed Saturday's game and is not starting Sunday. He may be available off the bench.
Stephen Drew not starting Saturday
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.
Drew was dealing with a back issue in Friday's game that was not supposed to be a problem for Saturday.
Now, Drew should be considered day to day.
Stephen Drew OK after back issue
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was dealing with a back issue on Friday in Minnesota, but should be able to play Saturday, WEEI.com reports.
Drew went 1 for 3 on Friday and is batting .238. His lone hit was a double and he walked twice.
Stephen Drew is a monster in May
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/16/2013) Through his first 29 games, Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is hitting .245 with three home runs, 18 RBI and a steal. But in 13 games this month, Drew is hitting .348 with a 1.024 OPS. All three of his homers have come in May.
Drew had a slow start after an early March beaning (and ensuing concussion) stalled his spring training. It's within reason to believe that April was basically Drew shaking off rust and getting up to speed with the rest of the league. What we're seeing in May isn't the Drew we should expect all year, but he should play closer to that level than to April's.
Fenway Park made stars out of Cody Ross, Bill Mueller, Mark Bellhorn among others, but had been almost forgotten by the time they reached the Red Sox. Drew could follow in those footsteps, putting up a .280 average and 20 home runs from a weak Fantasy position, and justifying a large leap in his 36 percent ownership.
Stephen Drew hits second career grand slam
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew connected for his second career grand slam on Wednesday during a 9-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays. Drew capped an eight-run third inning for the Red Sox with his blast after David Price was injured earlier in the inning.
Batting ninth, Drew's grand slam was his third homer of the season. He added a double to go 2 for 3 with a walk in the performance with four RBI and two runs. Drew's brother, J.D. Drew, also has hit a grand slam in his career with Boston.
Drew is batting .245 after Wednesday's effort. He has nine RBI in his last nine games and is up to three homers and 18 RBI after getting off to a late start due to injury.
Stephen Drew the hero for Red Sox
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew had a big game and an even bigger at-bat in the 11th inning to send Boston home winners over the Twins Monday.
Drew's RBI single off the Green Monster in the 11th gave the Red Sox a 6-5 walk-off victory. It was his third RBI on the night.
Drew also had a solo homer in the seventh inning. He went 4 for 5 with three RBI to raise his average to .225.
Drew has gone 8 for 19 (.421) over his last five games with two homers and six RBI.
Stephen Drew at end of spring-training mode
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Following Stephen Drew's three-hit performance Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Red Sox manager John Farrell expressed optimism for the veteran shortstop, who played just his 17th game after missing the start of the season due to a concussion.
"I think the one thing that we’ve seen, we have to remember that probably on the homestand was compared to everyone else, it was just about the end of spring training for him," Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. "We’re seeing the timing become more consistent. Right-handed and left-handed (pitchers), he’s still putting good ABs up and he’s seeing the ball much better and he gives that bottom third of our order added depth and certainly a lift."
"A lot of it’s timing and rhythm," Drew said. "I’m getting there. I’ve had great at-bats. I’m swinging at the pitches that I want to swing at, hitting the ball hard. Eventually it’s starting to turn around for me a little bit, which is a good sign."
Stephen Drew hits safely in his fourth straight game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew has struggled a bit to get going early this season, thanks to the lingering effects of a concussion. He hit safely in his fourth game in a row Wednesday in what was arguably his finest performance of the year.
Drew went 3 for 5 with his first home run of the season. He also drove in a pair of runs in the game, his third multi-RBI game in the last six. Drew scored once in a 10-1 win.
Drew is now batting .193 on the season, with one home run, eight RBI and six runs scored in 57 at-bats.
Stephen Drew notches RBI triple
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew came up with a big hit on Wednesday in a 6-5 win over the Athletics, his former team.
Drew's triple to deep right field in the fourth inning off Brett Anderson scored two runs and tied the game at 3-3.
Drew went 1 for 4 in the game with the two RBI, but he also struck out three times and is batting just .128.
The 30-year-old's triple was just his second extra-base hit over 39 at-bats and he's struck out 15 times.
Red Sox sticking with Stephen Drew
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) The Red Sox faced a tough decision when shortstop Stephen Drew came off the disabled list. His replacement, Jose Iglesias, was outstanding in Drew's absence, but Boston opted to demote the youngster to the minors.
"You don't see [Drew] missing pitches or lunging or missing pitches by wide margins by any means," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per WEEI.com. "We'll stay with him."
Stephen Drew gets scheduled night off
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who has played in five games since returning following a concussion, was given a scheduled day off Tuesday in Cleveland, the Boston Herald reports.
Drewis 2 for 16 (.125) with a double, three walks, a run scored and an RBI. He's struck out five times. Boston started Pedro Ciriaco at shortstop Tuesday.
Stephen Drew collects first XBH
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew managed his first extra-base hit Monday against the Rays since coming off the disabled list last week. Drew doubled off Jeremy Hellickson in the fifth inning.
Drew finished 1 for 3 with two strikeouts. He's batting .125 (2 for 16) with one RBI, three walks and five strikeouts in five games.
Stephen Drew impatient in return
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew returned to the club off the disabled list on Wednesday against the Orioles. He was immediately inserted into the starting lineup with Jose Iglesias sent down.
Drew, who returned from a concussion, only saw nine pitches as he went 0 for 4 in an 8-5 loss. He was 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position.
Stephen Drew starting Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell said during a radio interview with WEEI shortstop Stephen Drew, who was activated off the disabled list, is starting Wednesday against the Orioles. Jose Iglesias was demoted to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.
Time to add Stephen Drew?
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/10/2013) Owned in just 35 percent of leagues, Stephen Drew was activated by the Red Sox Wednesday and is expected to start every day at shortstop going forward. For a Fantasy squad struggling at middle infield, Drew could be a shrewd pickup.
Don't start Drew immediately -- he missed a good chunck of spring training with concussion after-effects and hasn't exactly been tearing it up on his rehab assignment. But in a week or two, when he gets into a groove, Drew should put up numbers that place him in the pantheon of Boston pickups who thrive after having so-so careers before (think Mark Bellhorn, David Ortiz, Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar, Cody Ross, etc.). For as inconsistent as Drew has been in his seven-year, injury-riddled career, there have been spots of brightness (21 home runs in 2008, 10 steals in 2010) that peeked through the dark cloud of disappointment.
Don't drop Jean Segura for him, but Drew -- who, with a hot start, could see his ownership shoot up to 75 percent, making it too late to pick him up then -- could provide some nice numbers for a team fielding a thin middle infield in a deeper league.
Stephen Drew comes off 7-day DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (concussion) was activated off the 7-day disabled list Wednesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Red Sox demoted shortstop Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a roster spot.
Drew homered in his last rehab game Monday, but he hit just .154 (2 for 13) in four games with Double-A Portland. He will assume the everyday shortstop role for Boston.
Stephen Drew homers in final rehab game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who expects to come off the disabled list for Boston's game Wednesday against the Orioles, homered in his final rehab game Monday with Double-A Portland, reports WEEI.com.
Drew went 1 for 3 with a walk and concluded his four-game rehab assignment 2 for 13 with a double, homer and two walks.
He's expected to be the starter once he returns, despite the hot start by Jose Iglesias.
Stephen Drew will start once active
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino said during a radio interview Monday shortstop Stephen Drew (concussion), who is targeting a Wednesday return to the lineup, will be considered the unquestioned starter upon activation off the 7-day disabled list despite Jose Iglesias' fast start.
"It would be a track record of productivity," Lucchino told WEEI. "I don’t think our fans have gotten to know Stephen Drew yet. I think when they see him play and he produces, they’ll understand the dilemma Jose Iglesias has caused us."
Stephen Drew targeting Wednesday return
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (concussion) will play for Double-A Portland Sunday and again on Monday and Boston plans to activate him off the disabled list Wednesday, reports the Boston Globe.
Drew had been hoping to return for Monday's home opener against Baltimore, but it sounds like Wednesday is now the target return date.
Stephen Drew returning for home opener?
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who has been out since suffering a concussion March 7 in spring training, remains on track to play for Boston early next week, the Boston Herald reports Saturday.
Perhaps Drew could even return for Monday's home-opener against Baltimore, as his concussion symptoms have finally subsided.
Drew played five innings in a minor-league rehab game Thursday.
Stephen Drew plays five innings in first rehab game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and handled one ground ball in five innings of defensive work in his first rehab game Thursday, according to the Providence Journal.
Drew is recovering from a concussion and should re-join the Red Sox in the next few days if he doesn't suffer any setbacks.
Stephen Drew playing short at Double-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew will play in the infield Thursday at Double-A Portland.
Drew has been recovering from a concussion, and has been cleared for all activity. The team has started his minor-league assignment, which can last no longer than five games. He could rejoin the team early next week.
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew will begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland on Thursday, reports the Boston Globe Wednesday. The assignment can last no more than five games.
Boston is hoping he'll play four.
Manager John Farrell said Drew played in an extended spring training game Wednesday for the second consecutive day.
Drew was cleared to begin playing games Tuesday and did so at spring camp. He's been out since suffering a concussion March 7 and is on the seven-day disabled list.
Stephen Drew nearing rehab assignment
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew appeared in an extended spring training game Tuesday and Boston is hopeful he'll begin a minor league rehab assignment by the weekend, reports the Boston Globe Wednesday.
Drew was cleared to begin playing games Tuesday and did so at spring camp. He's been out since suffering a concussion March 7 and is on the seven-day disabled list.
Stephen Drew gets concussion clearance
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew has been cleared to begin playing in games, reports MLB.com Tuesday.
Drew has been waiting for clearance since suffering a concussion that has kept him out since March 7.
Drew, who began the year on the seven-day disabled list, has been taking batting practice in the interim. He should begin rehabbing in minor-league games and should return to the Boston batting order soon after.
Stephen Drew inching closer to action
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (concussion) continues to take batting practice with the team and could be cleared for a minor-league game in the next week, the Boston Globe reports. Drew was placed on the seven-day disabled list last Thursday with a concussion that has kept him sidelined since March 7.
The Red Sox plan to insert him back into the lineup once he can play every day.
"He continues to report some further resolving of the symptoms. He continues to move in the right direction," manager John Farrell said.
Stephen Drew lands on 7-day DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was placed on the 7-day DL Thursday because of a concussion, meaning Jose Iglesias will begin the season at shortstop for Boston. Drew's DL stint was backdated to March 27.
Stephen Drew likely headed to DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is likely to start the season on the 7-day disabled list because of a concussion, according to The Boston Globe. Drew has been able to perform baseball activities, but he's experiencing some concussion symptoms. Jose Iglesias is expected to take over as the starting shortstop, if Drew isn't ready by opening day.
Stephen Drew to take batting practice Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew will take batting practice Wednesday. Drew is recovering from a concussion sustained earlier this spring. He’s been able to perform baseball activities, but is still experiencing some symptoms from the injury. Drew is still considered questionable for the start of the season.
Stephen Drew's concussion symptoms are fading
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew said Monday that his concussion-related symptoms appear to be fading, reports the Boston Globe.
Drew took batting practice and fielded ground balls on the main field Monday at spring training camp with Boston. He's improved rapidly since claiming he still felt foggy last Friday. That said, Boston has not decided when he'll return to games.
No one's buying the Stephen Drew hype
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) I've been proud of Fantasy owners this spring not buying into the Stephen Drew hype.
Granted, his latest injury setback, which is putting his status for opening day in jeopardy, wasn't exactly his fault, but Drew's durability issues outweigh his finish to last season and his potential upside.
I'm not going to lie. Drew's line (.289/.365/.474/.838) over his final 18 games last season with the A's drew some intrigue on my part as well. Is Drew finally back after a nasty ankle injury in 2011 robbed him of so much playing time over the last two seasons?
But I made sure not to buy into a small sample size as Drew's rebirth and neither have saavy Fantasy owners.
Drew is being drafted in the very late rounds of mixed leagues or not at all, so Fantasy owners aren't reaching for the 2004 first-round pick, which is great to see. In fact, he's being drafted behind Andrelton Simmons, Alexei Ramirez and Alcides Escobar in Head-to-Head formats, which are three shortstops I would without a doubt draft before Drew.
There are also a bunch of shortstops on average being drafted behind Drew in Head-to-Head formats I would take before him, including Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera and Jed Lowrie. Lowrie in my opinion is one player who is being overlooked way too much on Draft Day.
Stephen Drew makes more progress
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013)Stephen Drew of the Red Sox took another step in the right direction on Sunday as he fielded ground balls, the Boston Globe reports. Drew resumed taking batting practice on Saturday, though on Friday he complained that he's still dealing with "slight fogginess."
Drew has made significant progress over the last couple days, though the Red Sox have still yet to clear him for games or give him a timetable to return.
It sounds like he still has a decent chance of beginning the year on the shelf. Jose Iglesias is expected to handle shortstop for Boston for as long as Drew misses time.
Stephen Drew to take batting practice
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Although Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew said Friday he's still feeling "slight fogginess" at times, he is slated to take batting practice on the field on Saturday, reports the Boston Herald.
Drew, who is recovering from a concussion he suffered March 7, still has no timetable to return to action.
No timetable for Stephen Drew's return
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew said there's no timetable for his return, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports.
"I wish I could tell you," Drew told McAdam. "From two weeks ago, it's a lot better than it was."
Drew is dealing with a concussion and is limited to minor-league games in case the Red Sox need to backdate an DL stint.
Stephen Drew will be limited to minor-league games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Thursday once Stephen Drew (concussion) is ready for game action, he will be limited to minor-league games so the team can backdate his DL stint, if needed.
"He’s improved. I will say it’s not completely cleared, but better than it was three days ago before he left," Farrell said to WEEI. "More than anything, Stephen comes away with some renewed confidence based on the findings by Dr. Michael Collins. He’ll progress as tolerated with really, right now, no timeframe for getting back into a game. Dr. Collins gave him some assurances that it’s not going to be on the long end of the spectrum with recovery.”
Stephen Drew cleared for baseball activities
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013)
Stephen Drew meeting with concussion specialist
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is expected to go to Pittsburgh to meet with Dr. Michael Collins, reports MLB.com Monday. Collins is the same concussion specialist who worked with Brandon McCarthy and Brian Roberts on their head injuries.
Drew, who has been dealing with concussion symptoms since March 7, continues to experience symptoms and opening day is beginning to look doubtful.
"He feels it even when he's not in that exertion mode," manager John Farrell said. "He still feels some of the symptoms from the night of hit by pitch. While there's been some improvement, they're still present. … He's still in this phase where he's unable to get back on the field."
Stephen Drew might miss opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday shortstop Stephen Drew (concussion) will do light throwing, but he still hasn't been cleared for batting practice.
Farrell finally conceded the "window is narrowing" for Drew's availaibilty for opening day.
Drew is talking to specialists at the University of Pittsburgh since his symptoms remain. Farrell said the team is looking at all possibilities in case Drew misses the start of the season, but he spoke well of prospect Jose Iglesias, according to the Boston Globe.
Stephen Drew making slow progress
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who continues to deal with post-concussion symptoms after being hit by a pitch on March 7, will begin exercising on a bicycle to see if he can handle that form of exercise. "We still feel like it's going to be a few days yet before he's able to get back on the field," manager John Farrell said.
Drew in holding pattern
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/11/2013) MLB.com reports Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was still experiencing symptoms Monday four days after suffering a mild concussion. "It's just a little bit of that [dizziness] and light-headedness still," Drew said. "When all that kind of calms down, I think it's getting better. You just kind of make sure these things go away before you get back out there. You don't want to come back [too soon], because it can come back. Then it won't be good. For the most part, it's getting better -- slowly but surely." Drew will have to pass a league-mandate concussion test before returning to action. "That's kind of where we're at right now," Drew said. "Just in a holding pattern until I start to feel a little more normal and then go from there."
Drew has 'mild symptoms'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Sunday shortstop Stephen Drew is experiencing "mild symptoms" after being plunked in the head Thursday. He did some physical activity Saturday to gauge his readiness and he was still experiencing symptoms, so he was held out Sunday, according to the Boston Globe. Drew will have to pass an MLB administered concussion test before returning to action.
Drew dealing with concussion
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/8/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was held out of the lineup for Friday's Grapefruit League contest after experiencing symptoms related to a mild concussion, CSNNE.com reports. Drew suffered the injury after being plunked by a pitch Thursday and is expected to be out at least until Sunday.
Drew can't wait to hit in Fenway
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/14/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew said he is looking forward to taking advantage of the unique dimensions at Fenway Park. Im a gap hitter, he said, per ESPN. You can look over my career with the triples (52), then you have 420 in center [at Fenway] and the Monster, so if everything clicks and I can hit the ball the other way, off the wall on that side of the field is going to be a advantage for me. Drew also said he has a clean bill of health heading into 2013 after a slow recovery process after suffering a fractured ankle in 2011. I feel good, he said. After that injury, that unfortunate accident, it was a long process getting back, but I feel good. All the hard work Ive put in coming into this season, I hope it pays off. I put a lot of work into it and Im ready to get going.
Drew moves on to Boston
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (12/17/2012) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal with free agent shortstop Stephen Drew early Monday. Drew will be the Red Sox's starting shortstop, allowing the team to give prospect Jose Iglesias more time to develop. Spending the 2012 season with the Diamondbacks and Athletics, Drew hit .223 with seven home runs and 28 RBI, though he was limited to 79 games after missing much of the first half with an ankle injury.