ANAHEIM -- After vowing for much of the last week that shortstop Stephen Drew would be able to avoid the disabled list, the Red Sox gave in to the inevitable Friday and placed the shortstop on the DL, retroactive to June 29, the day after he first injured his right hamstring.
"He's making progress,'' said John Farrell of Drew. "But yet, where we are with the day-to-day status and going a man short in the bullpen, we felt like it was time to get back to the 12-man staff.''
"It's getting better every day,'' said Drew. "It's just not quite there and kind of playing a numbers game with a longer trip here and kind of short-handed in the bullpen -- it just kind of makes more sense. It just makes more sense, just to let it heal up so when I'm out there, it doesn't come back on me.''
Replacing Drew's spot on the roster, the Sox activated reliever Jose de la Torre. Since Jonathan Diaz replaced Clayton Mortesen on the roster last weekend, the Sox were going with an 11-man pitching staff.
Farrell said Drew will be eligible to come off the DL on the final game of the current 10-game West Coast road swing, which is also the final game of the first half of the season.
Drew tested the hamstring on the field at Angel Stadium Friday afternoon, but still felt some restrictions, prompting the Sox to make the move.
"It's that last 10 percent of his explosiveness where he doesn't have that confidence,'' said Farrell. "To ask a player to play under control defensively, where his instincts kind of kick in, that's kind of hard to do right now. If he gets through this next week with the same kind of progress that he's made, we'll re-evalaute at that time.
"Today was kind of the test because we'd hoped that he would be ready to go in an emergency (Friday night) and be able to start tomorrow. But with that not being the case, we feel like it's best to give him the time and get over this 100 percent.''
"I can do jogging and all that stuff,'' said Drew. "It's more or less fast acceleration. That's the part I have to get up on and then kind of get over that hump. Hopefully (it's) not too much longer.''
Farrell said the idea of recalling Will Middlebrooks, who has been on a hot streak of late at Pawtucket was not feasible because it would have likely meant that Diaz would go to Pawtucket and leave the Sox without any shortstop options beyond temporary starter Jose Iglesias.
"We'd be going a little naked if Jose were to go down (with an injury),'' said Farrell. "So it's more about positional fit.''