Sox hope Drew can return Tuesday

Sox hope Drew can return Tuesday

BOSTON -- J.D. Drew spent his Saturday morning in an MRI tube, getting his right hamstring checked out. The results were encouraging, and Boston's starting right fielder is confident he can avoid becoming the third member of the projected starting outfield to be placed on the disabled list this season.

"Very hopeful," said Drew. "I think we can control it. I was kind of thinking, 'Let's don't worry about the picture, let's just give it a couple of days and see how it feels.' But I think for the peace of mind for everybody, especially [manager] Terry [Francona], we've been very limited in the outfield with [Mike] Cameron and [Jacoby] Ellsbury and everybody on the DL, [Jeremy] Hermida on the DL, so they just kind of want some sure answers to make sure it's not going to be lingering for a week and a half, two weeks."

Though Cameron is back on the active roster, he didn't play Saturday because Francona has been trying to give him a rest when it makes sense. With Saturday being a day game after a night game, this was one of those occasions.

The Red Sox went with Daniel Nava in left, Darnell McDonald in center and Bill Hall in right.

Drew limped off the field in the third inning Friday, after making an inning-ending catch on a Manny Ramirez liner.

"It was just a little tight before the game [Friday]," said Drew. "Been a little tight, but nothing major. Just one of those plays where it was kind of a perfect storm scenario. I had to lean in, the leg came forward and the hamstring grabbed really good. I don't think I've done an extreme amount of damage."

The Red Sox hope Drew can return by Tuesday night's series opener against the Rockies in Denver.