SEATTLE -- Outfielder J.D. Drew progressed a bit in his comeback from his left shoulder injury, taking batting practice on the field as planned. Drew has missed 21 games since he went on the disabled list since July 26 (retroactive to July 20) with what is classified as an impingement.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Drew would take BP again Saturday, hitting the cage Sunday, and the team would re-evaluate him after the weekend. When asked what might follow if he comes out of Seattle no worse for the wear, Francona said, "Probably more hitting."
Drew is hitting .219 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 233 at-bats, and shortly before going on the DL, Josh Reddick had supplanted him as Boston's primary right fielder.