Drew passes latest tests, available to play Sunday

Drew passes latest tests, available to play Sunday

BOSTON -- Stephen Drew will be available Sunday after he passed all his hitting, fielding and running tests prior to Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Indians. The shortstop, who the club re-signed just three weeks ago, has been held out of the lineup for the past six games with a strained right oblique.

"He came through today fine -- the ramped up intensity to the batting practice. He'll be available tomorrow," manager John Farrell said.

Farrell said before the game that if Drew didn't pass all the tests, he'd undergo an MRI and could've hit the disabled list.

Drew said he was "still working through some things" and wanted to take every necessary step to make sure he's fully healthy because he's never dealt with an injury like this.

"I'm just saying, like, taking more swings day by day, and that's a good thing," Drew said after his batting practice and infield work, which he completed with no visible discomfort. "Going to take it slow and I have to do some more things and make it game speed-like and go from there."

The 31-year-old is 1-for-14 in four games since rejoining the club. In his absence, Jonathan Herrera has played mostly at shortstop and Xander Bogaerts has manned the hot corner --- now his full-time home with Drew back with the club.

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.