Freeze-out in Portland delays Drew's return

Freeze-out in Portland delays Drew's return
April 7, 2013, 12:30 pm
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TORONTO -- A rare "freeze-out'' for the Portland Sea Dogs forced the cancellation of the Double A team's game Saturday, and in the process, will postpone Stephen Drew's return to the Red Sox for a game.
The plan had been for Drew to play four games with Portland as part of a rehab assignment following a concussion, suffered a month ago. But when Portland saw its game wiped out by freezing conditions, the plan was changed so that Drew will play Sunday and Monday in Portland before being activated for Wednesday's game at home with Baltimore.
That means that Jose Iglesias will be the starting shortstop for the home opener Monday at Fenway.
Iglesias returned to the lineup Sunday at Rogers Centre after sitting out Saturday, a scheduled down day for him, one made more necessary after he left Friday's game in the fourth inning with a contusion of the right forearm.
"Just talking with (Drew) late yesterday afternoon," said manager John Farrell, "he thought an additional eight to ten at-bats would be helpful. He's starting to feel much more comfortable, but he thought that two additional games, to go nine innings each day, would put him in better position to return to us."
According to Farrell, Drew is now entirely symptom-free.