Drew making progress, could debut in home opener

Drew making progress, could debut in home opener

NEW YORK -- When the Red Sox play the Orioles in Monday's home opener, starting shortstop Stephen Drew could make his debut with his new team.

Drew, who suffered a concussion after being hit in the batting helmet on March 7, has played in extended spring training games the past two days.

He will start a Minor League rehab assignment at Double-A Portland on Thursday.

Because Drew is on the seven-day disabled list, he is only eligible to play five games on his rehab assignment.

Farrell said the current plan is for Drew to play four games, which would put him on track to play at Fenway Park on Monday.

"Once we were getting down to the last couple of days [of Spring Training], he started to turn the corner in terms of day to day feeling consistent without the spinning sensation that he was going through," said Farrell. "He's in a good place right now, all things considered."

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