BOSTON -- Stephen Drew has missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury, but the Red Sox shortstop made some strides prior to Wednesday's game against the San Diego Padres.
Drew ran, took grounders, and even took batting practice at Fenway Park on Wednesday, but he's still not expected back before the team leaves for their West-Coast trip that begins Friday night.
"He went threw some running drills today, change of direction," said manager John Farrell. "It's been a good work day so far, and I say so far because he's going to go out and take ground balls. He's going to take three rounds of [batting practice]. So this is a good step today for him, for the type of work he's doing, the volume that's associated with it.
"We're still kind of on the same time frame with his potential return. We don't expect him on the field tomorrow."
- Farrell also gave an update on David Ross and his currently improving concussion situation.
"I had the chance to speak with him today," said Farrell. "He's had three or four really good days, consecutive here. He's still got next Tuesday as a follow-up with his doctor in Pittsburgh. So his scheduled return to us is undecided right now, but he's starting to work out with some exercise on the elliptical, the stationary bike. He's starting to throw a little bit. He's starting to lift some weights. So the sensations that he feels as a result of the concussion are starting to really diminish. Most importantly, when he gets into open-space areas, where you've got a lot of movement or a lot of noise, that's starting to really subside."