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Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:09 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 8:45 pm
DrewBy Evan Brunell

The Red Sox will place J.D. Drew on the disabled list on Monday with an impingement in the left shoulder, Sean McAdam of reports.

Drew has suffered through a subpar season at the plate, hitting just .219/.317/.305 in 271 plate appearances -- not exactly the greatest way to perform in a contract year. He recently lost his right-field job to Josh Reddick and underwent an MRI for his shoulder issue, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported earlier.

Putting Drew on the DL at this point is a no-brainer. He's riding the bench as a veteran hitter in the midst of an awful season. Drew will now get an opportunity to rest and come back healthy, which could make all the difference in his hitting numbers.

In the interim, the Red Sox will continue starting Reddick, but there's that problem of a backup outfielder. Darnell McDonald can hit against lefties but is challenged against right-handers. Currently, he's the only backup outfielder of any relevance on the 40-man spot. Boston could recall backup infielder Drew Sutton, who has a couple games experience in the outfield. Similarly, backup infielder Yamaico Navarro has outfield experience, already appearing in two games in left field at the major-league level, plus seeing time at all three outfield positions at Triple-A in addition to his infield duties.

But these are backup middle infielders with some ability to play outfield, not a lot. If the Red Sox want a true backup outfielder, they'll need to continue carrying Navarro as their only backup infielder and go the external route, as the only other outfielder on the 40-man spot is Ryan Kalish, who has been sidelined since April with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Adding Daniel Nava back to the 40-man and calling him up is one possibility. Cafardo bandies about another possibility on Twitter in a trade, as he says the Sox may be on the hunt for someone to fill Drew's spot.

It's possible the Red Sox will acquire strictly a backup outfielder, but more than likely they have their eye on someone who can start or platoon with Ryan Kalish. One of the more popular "middle value" outfield targets available is Ryan Ludwick. The Red Sox could also be gearing up to acquire Carlos Beltran, but it would be surprising for the BoSox to give up one of the prospects they would be required to with Beltran bidding running hot and heavy.

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Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:04 pm

Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

Josh Reddick is doing a fine job in the outfield right now but I've got very little doubt the Red Sox will make a move for another outfielder.  I can see Ludwick heading out there but I would not be surprised to see another big dollar guy come into the fold.  This just highlights the nature of Bud Selig's MLB.  The guy is a total waste as a commisioner.

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:56 pm

Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

The reason the red sox can overpay and be the rich get richer team is because their fan base actually PAYS to sell out every game.....Buys merchandise and pays to see them on TV.  Boston FANS support there teams and therefore there teams put good teams on the field...DO NOT hate the good teams HATE your teams who try to pass you off with a sub par team and still pork you with high prices.    Love those Sox! Love those Pats, Love those BRUINS! love those Celtics....We always know all 4 of our major teams have a good chance to be big winners!

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:44 pm

Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

If overpaying for carlos beltran, who is a great right fielder by the way, helps Boston win a world series then do it!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:30 pm

Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

JD drew is a bum, has always been a bum and always will be a bum.  Thank God he refused to come to Philly. 

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:24 pm

Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

I don't see the urgency for a right fielder. At the present time Reddick is doing a great job, and withDarnell also in the mix, count on the Sox not overpaying for any fielder. Heck, they already did that with JD Drew! No big name player will be coming to the Red Sox to fill a left field gap. Don't get me wrong - I would LOVE to see Hunter Pence in a Sox uniform - but the cost would be too steep I think for a team that already is scoring runs by the bushels. No, no great urgency there in my opinion.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:14 pm

Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

Wait JD Drew is going on the DL   Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo ya don't say

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:06 pm

Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

The rich keep getting richer. I hope the Bo Sox grossly overpay to get Beltran. It's been Epstein's (& Cashman's for that matter) lack of major in season moves that have kept their farm systems in reasonable shape. Even with the Adrian Gonzalez trade, the Sox have a decent system so please Epstein, go get the overpriced veteran!

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:41 pm

Red Sox to place Drew on DL, on hunt for OF

Hunter Pence.  Period.  Make it happen Epstein or Mr. Kotter will be mad.

But really anything is better than JD Drew ... Take, Take (look at umpire), Swing (Foul), Take (mumble under breath at umpire), Swing (Foul), Swing (Foul), Swing (ground ball to infield).

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