BOSTON -- The arrival of Stephen Drew, who made his debut for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against the Orioles, led to the demotion of prospect Jose Iglesias, who played terrific baseball during the early portion of the season.
Back in December, the Red Sox decided that Drew was going to be their starting shortstop this season, which is why they signed him to a one-year, $9.5 million contract.
The fact that Drew sustained a concussion on March 7 and Iglesias played so well in his absence wasn't going to change the team's original line of thinking.
Iglesias certainly made an impression, one that could pay big dividends the next time the Red Sox have a decision to make at shortstop.
"We met with Jose here yesterday on the off-day and informed him of the transaction that was going to take place," said manager John Farrell. "To his credit, he took it very professionally. I'm sure there was some disappointment in there. He did everything that we could have hoped, and he played exceptionally well for us. He goes back to Pawtucket, I'm sure, with an increased level of confidence, and probably in his mind, he's a Major League player."
With Drew signed for only one year, perhaps Iglesias, who hit .450 during his six-game stint, will go into next season as Boston's starting shortstop.
"[Iglesias] is a very good player and obviously showed well offensively," said Farrell. "But as we stated in Spring Training, upon Stephen's recovery, we were going to insert him back as our starting shortstop. We didn't deviate off of that even though Jose was playing as well as he was and swinging the bat as good as he was. That's why I can understand if there was some frustration on Jose's part, but he handled it very professionally yesterday."
For now, the club is just happy that Drew is recovered from his concussion, and Drew was eager to get going with his new team after a tough spring.
"It's a good feeling to be back," said Drew. "It was kind of a long process. I didn't know when I would be back. The symptoms are gone, and I'm ready to get back after it. Good to be here."
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.