Drew sidelined with concussion symptoms

Drew sidelined with concussion symptoms
March 8, 2013, 8:15 pm
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 FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shortstop Stephen Drew was scratched from Friday night's lineup with concussion symptoms after being hit by a pitch Thursday.

"Throughout the night,'' said manager John Farrell, "there were some symptoms of mild concussions came on after being hit by the pitch yesterday. He was in the lineup initially, but when he came in, it was determined we've got to give it a day or two to clear up.''

Drew was hit on the helmet by a pitch from Minnesota's Caleb Thielbar Thursday afternoon.

"The way he reacted,'' recalled Farrell, "you almost think he didn't see the pitch completely because there wasn't a whole lot of diving out of the way. It wasn't a direct blow and at the time, he felt fine throughout the game.

"But it was (Thursday) night when he started to read a book, the print started to get a little fuzzy on him and that's where obviously, precautionary, by rule, he's being ruled out.''

Major League Baseball last year instituted a policy to deal with concussions and the Red Sox intend to follow protocol.

"We'll have to go through the doctor (MLB medical director Dr. Gary Green) in New York,'' said Farrell. "It's checking those symptoms in the training room and if need be, there's an on-line test he'll have to go through if we get to that point. The clarity of symptoms right now is what will drive the total number of days.''

Prior to the season, all players are administered baseline tests that are used for comparitive purposes in the event there are concussions.

The tests, Farrell said, "include "image detection, memory-type things that you have to go through. It's pretty extensive.''

With Drew sidelined, Jose Iglesias got the start against the Twins Friday night.