FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who is still feeling symptoms from the concussion he sustained on March 7, was placed on the seven-day disabled list prior to Thursday's night game against the Twins.
The move was made retroactive to March 27. If everything went perfectly, Drew could be activated for Boston's second game of the season on April 3 at Yankee Stadium.
However, Drew is likely to need more time, when you consider he hasn't played in three weeks and is still having symptoms. The seven-day DL was created specifically for concussions.
"The fact is he's back on the field taking BP, which he will do today, so at least some of the base work is still being performed," said manager John Farrell. "He's still staying in shape with the ground balls he's been taking. By no means is he game speed. The amount of reps he'll need once he gets back into a game remains to be seen."
Though the Red Sox haven't placed David Ortiz on the DL yet, it is a mere formality that they will do so before the season starts. Ortiz again took batting practice on Thursday and seems to be making progress each day with his ailing right heel.
While Drew will stay back in Fort Myers for extended Spring Training when the Red Sox head north, Ortiz will accompany the team to New York so he can continue his work with trainer Dan Dyrek. Once Ortiz is ready to start playing baseball, he will likely head back to Fort Myers and start game action there.
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