Farrell: Have to be realistic with Drew

Farrell: Have to be realistic with Drew
March 22, 2013, 2:45 pm
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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Shortstop Stephen Drew is progressing from the concussion that has kept him out of games since being hit on the helmet on March 7.  He was examined earlier this week by Dr. Michael Collins of the University of Pittsburgh and cleared to begin baseball activities. On Thursday, he began throwing.
“He’ll continue to go through baseball activities again today,” said manager John Farrell. “He’ll stretch and throw with the team. Yesterday he threw with one of the trainers. He’ll take some swings again in the cage today. But he came out of yesterday in good shape, no increase of symptoms of any kind.”
Whether or not Drew can be ready for Opening Day remains to be seen.
“That’s still undermined,” Farrell said. “We get into the last eight days here and we want to be sure that when that day he does get into game activity an appropriate number of at-bats are had and he feels comfortable. So we haven’t ruled anything out yet but we also have to be realistic on the calendar.”
There is not set number for the at-bats Drew would need in order to be ready.
“With the time he’s missed we’re going to have to go based on how he feels,” Farrell said. “We’re not going to put him on the field until all the symptoms are subsided completely. And that’s getting better by the day but we still got some time to work thru this.”
Farrell had said previously Drew, when he is ready, would play in minor league games rather than Grapefruit League games. That way, in case the Red Sox need to put him on the disabled list, they could backdate him to avoid missing too much time in the regular season.