Shortstop Stephen Drew sure has had an interesting offseason this year. Awaiting an eventual return to the majors, he’s been keeping in shape by working out on his own and keeping an eye on how his Boston Red Sox have been doing so far this season. Over time, he knew the Red Sox would come calling since he was a very important part of their World Series championship just a year ago. One could make the argument that his absence has led to the recent struggles the team has been enduring this season and his return should jolt them back into a winning direction.
Drew has been assigned to the Red Sox’ minor league Class A team, the Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League for development. The plan is to have him spend some time there to be able to get ready for his return to the majors in top form. It shouldn’t take more than 10 days for him to get some quality time in the minors so he can pick up right where he left off with his team where it matters most.
Despite spending a good amount of time away from playing in the majors, he’s kept busy by doing his own baseball activities. He spent time hitting against college pitchers both in Georgia and Florida to keep his skills sharp.
The truth of the matter is, the Red Sox don’t appear to look like anything that resembles last season as have lost that winning edge. They’re on a steep decline and nothing seems to go in favor to snap out of this losing funk. The Red Sox definitely could use him now, and it’s just a matter of being patient and giving him the time he needs to come back ready to go.
Anxious to return, Drew will definitely give the Red Sox a nice reminder that everything will be fine. There is plenty of baseball to be played and Drew will be ready to contribute heavily once he returns with his old teammates. One thing is for sure — the Red Sox need him now more than ever.