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Drew still waiting for concussion symptoms to subside

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For shortstop Stephen Drew, there isn't too much he can do until all of the symptoms from his mild concussion go away. As of Monday, four days after he was hit on the batting helmet by a pitch, that still wasn't the case.

"It's just a little bit of that [dizziness] and light-headedness still," said Drew. "When all that kind of calms down, I think it's getting better. You just kind of make sure these things go away before you get back out there. You don't want to come back [too soon], because it can come back. Then it won't be good. For the most part, it's getting better -- slowly but surely."

Once Drew's symptoms are gone entirely, he can take the on-line test mandated by Major League Baseball to clear players following a concussion.

"That's kind of where we're at right now," Drew said. "Just in a holding pattern until I start to feel a little more normal and then go from there."

Drew understands the increased focus of late on concussions in sports.

"You can't play around with it," Drew said. "It's your head. You go back out there and take a shot, you never know what happens."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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