Drew headed to 15-day DL; Weiland optioned

Drew headed to 15-day DL; Weiland optioned

Drew headed to 15-day DL; Weiland optioned
BOSTON -- Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew appears ticketed for the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a left shoulder impingement.

Manager Terry Francona said Monday that Drew would be placed on the DL in a corresponding move with the activation of starter Jon Lester, but instead the club optioned right-hander Kyle Weiland -- who Francona originally said would work out of the bullpen -- and will likely send Drew to the DL on Tuesday.

"There's a lot of moving parts," Francona said after Monday night's 3-1 loss to the Royals in 14 innings. "Some of it is baseball, and some of it is personal. We got caught in some things that I'm probably not able to talk about. You're going to have to take my word for it that sometimes personal stuff gets in the way."

Drew's left shoulder has caused him discomfort and reduced strength, Francona said. The outfielder had been getting treatment for the last few weeks and hasn't appeared in a game since last Tuesday. He had an MRI on Saturday.

"We didn't DL him right away because we didn't have a move we wanted to make, and we could have pinch-ran him or something like that," Francona said. "Hopefully a couple weeks down will do him some good. He can get some strength back in that shoulder. Maybe we'll have a better chance of seeing that J.D. that we're hoping for."

Drew had been hitting just .219 through 233 at-bats this season, smacking four home runs and six doubles and slugging just .305, more than 100 points less than his previous career low. This will be the 35-year-old Drew's second trip to the DL as a member of the Red Sox, the other occurring in 2008 when he missed 37 days with a cartilage injury in his back.

The hot-hitting Josh Reddick has gotten the majority of at-bats in right field lately, as he continues to provide some spark with a .366 average. The 24-year-old Reddick has been aware of the trade rumors swirling around Boston, indicating the club could add another outfielder to the mix, but he said he's trying to stay focused on what he can control in his third season of Major League action.

If Drew does get placed on the DL on Tuesday, the Sox appear likely to replace him with utility man Drew Sutton, who hit .298 over 26 games with Boston this season, playing all over the infield and two games at left field.

Even after the bullpen combined to throw 8 1/3 innings in Monday's loss, Francona said the club doesn't need another pitcher just yet.

"[Alfredo] Aceves has got a day off [after throwing 46 pitches Sunday]," the skipper said. "We stayed away from him tonight. He can give us length. Everybody else probably is available. I think we're OK."

Jason Mastrodonato is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.