Red Sox hope to get Drew back Tuesday

Red Sox hope to get Drew back Tuesday

BOSTON -- The Red Sox remain hopeful that J.D. Drew, out since leaving Friday's game with a hamstring injury, will be ready to play when the team opens a three-game series in Denver against the Rockies on Tuesday.

"Talking to the trainers, it's actually pretty good," manager Terry Francona said before Sunday's game. "I don't think anyone even remotely thinks it's a DL situation. So we'll stay away from it tonight and get the day off tomorrow and see how it is."

Drew injured the hamstring when charging to make a catch on a line drive in the third inning of Friday's win over the Dodgers. Including Sunday's game, Drew has missed six of the team's 71 games.

"That's a big outfield in Denver, but if he's healthy enough to play, he plays," Francona said.

Francona, who has dealt with outfield injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron as well, has been happy with the play of his reserves. With Cameron back in center field on Sunday, Darnell McDonald moved to right and pushed Bill Hall, who made two errors on Saturday, to the bench. Daniel Nava has been seeing regular time in left field since his Major League debut on June 12.

"I do think I said in Spring Training that someone will come up help us, we just don't know who it is," Francona said. "I think this falls into that category."