BOSTON -- The Red Sox optioned shortstop Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Pawtucket and activated shortstop Stephen Drew from the disabled list on Tuesday, sources confirmed.
Drew had been on the 7-day concussion DL after being hit in the helmet by a pitch on March 7. In four rehab games with Double-A Portland he hit .154, going 2-for-13 with a run scored, a home run in his last game on Monday, three RBI, two walks and three strikeouts.
In six games this season Iglesias hit .450, going 9-for-20 with three runs scored, two doubles, an RBI, and three strikeouts.
The Sox acquired Drew as a free agent in the offseason, on a one-year, $9.5 million contract, with the intent of sending Iglesias back to Triple-A Pawtucket to work on his offense. In 25 major league games last season, Iglesias hit .118, going 8-for-68, with just three extra-base hits (two doubles, home run), two RBI, five runs scored, four walks, and 16 strikeouts.
The Sox, along with scouts, were impressed by the improved plate approach Iglesias had shown this season and in spring training.