BOSTON -- All right fielder J.D. Drew needed was to have a smooth Minor League rehab assignment and he could have been in the Red Sox's lineup for Thursday night's finale of a three-game series against the Yankees.
But in yet another example of the type of frustration Drew has experienced, the jammed right middle finger he experienced during Tuesday's contest at Rochester could keep him out another week.
"I'm hoping that's all it is," said Drew, who had two fingers taped together on Thursday. "Realistically, it's just a matter of when I start swinging, and I don't really feel it and it's not really taxing that area. I think that's when we go back to start taking full hacks and getting ready to play again."
The night Drew got hurt, he had three hits for Triple-A Pawtucket.
"Well, in my second at-bat, I swung at a fastball middle-in and I just fouled it off, and somehow or another, when I finished my swing, my bottom hand slipped off the bat and got my finger up against the knob of the bat and I guess just kind of bent it back and sprained it pretty good," Drew said.
"There's a small sliver of bone [that] kind of pulled off of the ligament. I don't know what they call it, but you can see there's a bone, and I guess when I torqued it, it kind of pulled that off. But one of the doctors said that's kind of a good thing, kind of promotes healing in that area versus just having ligament damage. It's real sore the last couple days. I think the soreness probably will start calming down, and starting tomorrow, treatment will start picking up, try to get range of motion and make a determination when we start going back hitting again."
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