TORONTO -- Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias, one of the best early-season stories on the team, left Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a contusion in his right arm after the third inning. The Red Sox consider him day to day and will re-evaluate him prior to Saturday's matinee.
Iglesias sustained the injury when he was hit on the arm by 93-mph fastball from Josh Johnson in the top of the second. Though he appeared to be in a considerable amount of pain, he stayed in the game until the top of the fourth, when Pedro Ciriaco pinch-hit for him.
Ciriaco wasted no time making an impact, banging an RBI single to left.
Iglesias, who is hitting .583 over the first four games, was likely going to be optioned to the Minors in a few days anyway.
Stephen Drew, Boston's starting shortstop, played the second game of his Minor League rehab assignment on Friday in Portland, going 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Drew, who sustained a concussion March 7, when he was hit by a pitch, could be activated by the Red Sox as early as Monday's home opener against the Orioles.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less