Updating a report from today's game day preview, the Boston Red Sox have announced that Stephen Drew is out of tonight's lineup with tightness in his right oblique. Manager John Farrell explained that Drew is considered day-to-day after feeling the injury during his final at-bat last night. His absence from tonight's lineup raised some eyebrows considering the Sox are facing a right-handed starter in Bud Norris, who Drew has had success against in the past, so this explains a lot.
This sort of soreness is considered common for players during Spring Training, which Drew of course did not participate in this year while he remained unsigned until a few weeks ago. Along with his slow start to the season (1 hit in 14 at-bats), this may make you wonder why Drew was rushed through a 10-day conditioning stint in the minors after signing with the team last month. Unfortunately, that's out of the team's control, as his contract included a clause that forced the team to promote him to the majors within 10 days, whether he was ready or not.
Jonathan Herrera will start at SS in Drew's absence until he is ready to return.
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