Drew to see specialist if symptoms don't clear by Tuesday

Drew to see specialist if symptoms don't clear by Tuesday
March 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Stephen Drew situation is nearing critical mass.
The Red Sox' starting shortstop is still exhibiting concussion symptoms, and unless they clear up by late tomorrow afternoon, Drew will head to Pittsburgh to be examined by a leading concussion expert.
"Reports this morning were (that he was experiencing) similar symptoms," said manager John Farrell. "Even when he's not in that exertion mode, he still feels some of the symptoms from the night of the hit-by-pitch (March 7). While there's been some improvement, they're still present.
"The one thing we still hold onto is that when he does go through the exertion tests, there's no increase in the symptoms. We take that as a positive. But yet, he's still in this phase where he's unable to get back on the field."
Drew would see Dr. Michael "Mickey" Collins, one of the leading concussion experts in sports medicine.
Whether Drew needs to see Collins, or not, it would seem a virtual certainty that he won't be ready to start the regular season, which begins in exactly two weeks -- April 1.
Farrell again hinted that the everyday shortstop job would go to Jose Iglesias if Drew opened the season on the DL.
"I will say this: Jose's done a very good job," said Farrell. "He feels confident in the box and that's what we're seeing. His work has been outstanding. He's spoken openly about some disappointment in the off-season when Stephen was brought in, but understood it. And yet he's put that behind him.
"He goes out and he plays and he's eager to get here everyday. One thing about Pedro (Ciriaco), he's a versatile guy as he's proven. He can move around the infield. I think Pedro's versatility might keep him in that utility type of role."