Red Sox morning notes: Stephen Drew heading to Pittsburgh to undergo more tests
|03.19.13 at 11:02 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Stephen Drew will travel to Pittsburgh Tuesday night in order to undergo a series of tests with Dr. Micky Collins at the University of Pittsburgh. Drew has been suffering from a concussion since being hit in the front of the batting helmet with a fastball on March 7.
“We don’t have any reason to believe that there is more there. But we’re trying to get a better understanding of what is there. We’re sending him to see Dr. Collins at the University of Pittsubugh, so just the fact he’s still experiencing the same type of symptoms, we just want to get our arms around it the best we can.”
Farrell later added, “His care is first and foremost. I guess the fact is that we’re still in spring training, we know the days are ticking by, but whatever measure we can take with his care being first and foremost, we’re going to do that. That’s the best I can tell you right now.”
Drew, who had 17 plate appearances before being shut down due to the concussion, might be trending toward not being ready for Opening Day due to the time off and the continued setbacks.
“That window is closing by the day,” Farrell said. “When you talk about an ordinary, or somewhat normal number of at-bats in spring training, those opportunities are starting to be removed.”
In other news:
– The Red Sox expect Xander Bogaerts to be back in camp at some point Tuesday, returning from the World Baseball Classic. Farrell said he will get some reps at third base, but added, “Make no mistake about it, in our eyes he’s still a shortstop.”
Bogaerts finished his WBC stint totaling 22 plate appearances, hitting .263 (2 doubles) with a .732 OPS.
“I think the experience he had with the WBC, I think is all positive. Would we have liked more at-bats? Sure. But I think the fact he played in that environment and on that stage outweighs a few less at-bats than he might have had here. All that being said, we’re happy for the experience he went through.”
– Farrell said the Red Sox would find out a little later Tuesday if David Ortiz would be ready to swing the bat, calling it a “day-to-day” situation.
– Outfielder Mitch Maier underwent an MRI Monday, confirming he has a “pretty severe sprain,” according to Farrell. Maier will remain in a splint for a week before being reexamined.
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