Drew (shoulder) headed to the disabled list


Drew (shoulder) headed to the disabled list

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Outfielder J.D. Drew will be placed on the disabled list Monday with an impingement in his left shoulder, according to a baseball source.

Drew hasn't been in the lineup since the Red Sox returned home from their six-game road trip to Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

It's unknown how long he'll be out of the lineup.

In the last week or so, Drew has lost playing time as the Sox continue to find playing time for Josh Reddick, who is hitting .358.

The Red Sox will use Drew's DL placement as a way to get Jon Lester back onto the active roster. Lester has been sidelined for the last three weeks with a lat pull, but is scheduled to return to the rotation Monday night in the first game of a four-game series wit5h Kansas City.

The move will leave with the Red Sox with just four outfielders -- Reddick, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and Darnell McDonald -- though Yamaico Navarro, an infielder, is capable of playing the outfield.

Drew going on the DL also means that pitcher Kyle Weiland, who made two spot starts in Lester's place, will remain with the Red Sox, at least for the time being.

The prevailing though was that Weiland would return to Pawtucket when Lester returned, but he was up in the seventh inning in the bullpen Sunday.

Weiland was a closer at Notre Dame and is no stranger to pitching in relief, though he has started exclusively since turning pro.

"It's about what I remember (in terms of) getting ready in college -- the mentality and all that," said Weiland said of pitching in relief. "Besides that, it's obviously a different level and I have some things to learn. I'll keep talking to guys around here and figure out what it takes and make the adjustments at that time."

Weiland was unsure how long he was going to stay when he was promoted to Pawtucket.

"Whatever the role I get put in," he said, "I'm excited and I think I can do it pretty well. Once I'm out there, I think it's going to be the same game it's always been. Pitching is pitching and it's just a matter of just getting into that comfort zone."

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Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.