ANAHEIM -- The earliest that right fielder J.D. Drew will play for the Red Sox again will be Friday night at Fenway against the Tigers. Drew was scratched just minutes before Tuesday's game against the Angels with a left hamstring strain.
He will be examined by a doctor in Anaheim on Wednesday. The Red Sox don't play on Thursday.
"I've been dealing with it for a while now, and it just got too much before the game," Drew said. "I tried to run some sprints and I really just couldn't get loose. I had to tell Tito and them right before the game that there really wasn't any way to perform like I needed to out there so I had to make that call."
Darnell McDonald was inserted in right field and batted ninth. Drew had been slated to hit second. Jed Lowrie moved up to the second spot. The moves worked out nicely, as McDonald worked a two-out walk to spark the pivotal rally, which was capped on Lowrie's double to left. The Red Sox won the game, 4-2.
Drew is hitting .268 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs.
"I'm probably going to get a scan if they can get me in," said Drew. "I've been dealing with this for three to four weeks. It's just been getting gradually worse. It will be a chance to see exactly what's going on."
The right fielder is hopeful the injury won't keep him out beyond a couple of days.
"Oh, no, I hope not," Drew said. "I hope we get to the point where we can see exactly what's going on and then make a diagnosis on how we're going to treat it a little bit better. I think that's the game-plan -- hoping we could get to that off-day to get it some rest and catch up there but we couldn't make it. It felt really bad out there running tonight."