Last month during a Spring Training game, Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew suffered a concussion when he was hit by a pitch on the helmet. Drew took all the necessary steps by Major League Baseball and passed all the tests to return to action.
Yesterday, Drew played in an extended preseason game and made three plate appearances in that game. Boston did place Stephen on the seven-day disabled list last Thursday. Technically, he could start in today’s game against the New York Yankees, but Boston is not rushing him back to the diamond.
The Red Sox may not be in a hurry to bring back Drew, but I am guessing that Stephen is itching to get back on the field. Drew’s replacement on Opening Day was Jose Iglesias, who had a great day against the Yankees, going 3-for-5 with an RBI as Boston won on Opening Day in New York 8-2.
It might be just a few games that Jose will play Stephen, but for Drew, he will want to play as soon as possible. He has probably has seen his fair share of players going out due to injury and the backup performing so well that the backup takes over the starting role.
The Red Sox only signed Drew to a one-year contract that was worth $9.5 million in the offseason,so Boston is not invested too much with him. So Drew will be watching Iglesias real closely in the next few days to see if he has anything to fear in the way him of losing his starting role. Now, more than ever, players know that their spot is never guaranteed so they will always want to be out on the field playing to showcase their worth.