Stephen Drew took the first step toward his return from a concussion on Tuesday, with The Boston Globe reporting that Major League Baseball cleared the Red Sox shortstop to begin playing in games.
Boston placed Drew on the seven-day disabled list last Thursday, retroactive to Wednesday. Although that put him on track to be activated as early as Wednesday, when Boston plays New York in the Bronx, he will need more time before making his Red Sox debut.
The Globe reported that Drew took three appearances in an extended spring game on Tuesday in Florida.
The 30-year-old suffered his concussion on March 7, when a pitch hit him in the helmet. After signing a one-year, $9.5 million contract this past offseason, Drew went 3-for-16 (.188) in Grapefruit League action before the injury.
Starting in Drew's place, Jose Iglesias went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Monday, when the Red Sox opened their season with an 8-2 win over the Yankees.
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.