The Boston Red Sox have activated Stephen Drew from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Wednesday. In a corresponding move, they have optioned fellow shortstop Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Drew.
Drew had been out of action since Mar. 7, when he took a pitch to the helmet during an at-bat in spring training. In four rehab games with Double-A Portland over the weekend, he went 2-for-13, but finished the weekend strong with a home run, three RBIs and a pair of walks on Monday.
Drew signed a one-year deal worth $10 million this past offseason to play shortstop for the Red Sox. John Farrell was, of course, planning on starting the Drew at shortstop on opening day, but was forced to go with Iglesias instead.
In six games this season, Iglesias was 9-for-20 (.450) with an RBI and three runs scored. His discipline at the plate and ability to hit is a far cry from where he was in 2012. He played well enough to stay with the big club, but there just isn’t enough room.
Iglesias will get plenty of plate appearances for the Pawtucket Red Sox this season. If Drew has any difficulty coming back from his concussion, they will have no problem in recalling their No. 6 prospect from Triple-A and placing Drew on the DL once again.
Drew is expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.