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Stephen Drew has spent more time on the Boston Red Sox bench than on the field, a trend that will continue through Friday due to a strained oblique.
Drew pulled his right oblique muscle during practice in Baltimore on Wednesday. He was examined on Thursday to determine whether an MRI would be needed Friday.
The shortstop returned to the Red Sox organization at the end of May working his way up from Single-A Greenville to Triple-A Pawtucket. Drew appeared in his first of four games on June 2nd. He is batting less than .100, hitting one in 14 plate appearances.
It is especially painful to see Drew injured when he is raking in $10 million. The bulk of the work in the corner infield is getting done now by Brock Holt, Jonathan Herrera, and recently, to a lesser extent, by Xander Bogaerts. These players are all paid, at or below, the league minimum while Drew rides the pine to the tune of millions. Perhaps, the Red Sox jumped too quickly to a deal with Drew’s agent, Scott Boras.
In an article published on Tuesday, WEEI.com reporter Alex Speier quotes Ben Cherrington regarding Drew, “I would make that recommendation again.” Of course, Cherrington is going to defend his position and emphasize that Drew has only appeared in four games.
The truth is the Red Sox were underperforming defensively in the corner infield when Drew’s contract was inked. Now, they are playing a bit better defensively on the left side of the field (but certainly not overwhelmingly so). Any regrets the Red Sox management may have about Drew must be swept under the rug.
Sometimes the truth is hard to reckon with, so grab a broom, Ben.