J.D. Drew will play through pain

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J.D. Drew will play through pain

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
SEATTLE J.D. Drew admitted there is still some discomfort in his left shoulder as he attempts to return to the Sox roster, and that the relative soreness is probably something hell deal with for the rest of the season.

So much for the popular notion that Drew refuses to attempt playing when hes less than 100 percent.

The Sox right fielder also admitted that the rotator cuff issue in his left shoulder is likely something that will have to be corrected via surgery once this baseball season is over, but hell give it a go over the final two months of the season with nothing to lose. That continued on Saturday with another day of live batting practice at Safeco Field with his teammates.

Its pretty sore because hitting on the field is a little more aggressive than hitting in the cage, but Ill build my endurance to get back in there. I feel pretty good, said Drew. Its about what we expected. Theres soreness that I think will be there for the rest of the year. I think its just a matter of strength gains that weve made kind of helping, and getting out of some bad hitting habits that caused.

At some point we may look at surgery down the road, but for right now its strength management and trying to keep the shoulder as stable as I can. As far as hitting Im taking the next steps on the field and its getting the endurance up and getting the swing plane to where I want it to feel.

Drew was non-committal about a potential rehab assignment in the minor leagues over the next couple of weeks, and said that regaining his timing in the minors isnt something hes needed to do in the past.

It feels like I hadnt swung that aggressively in a while, but it felt better today than it did yesterday. One day itll probably just all be there for me. I think well probably get a game plan going tomorrow: Monday is off so Ill probably just hit in the cage that day and some cage-work during the double-header and Wednesday, said Drew. Then we can make an evaluation and see the way things are progressing. The more swings and the more repetition I get while working with some aggressiveness will be a good answer to where were at.

Drew has to hope that shoulder-strengthening works because playing through the left shoulder discomfort left him with a .219 batting average and a pathetic .305 slugging percentage in 77 games this season. Thats extremely un-Drew-like and a sign that something is wrong physically with a 35-year-old thats talked assuredly about potential retirement after the current season is finished.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."