Farrell quick hits: Taking it slow with Drew

March, 22, 2013
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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Here are some notables from Red Sox manager John Farrell's morning get-together with the media before Boston's Grapefruit League contest against the Toronto Blue Jays:

* Stephen Drew will continue his regimen of baseball-related activities Friday as he makes his way back from his concussion. Farrell said Drew would stretch and throw with the team. He also will take batting practice in the cage. He will continue the routine Saturday if he feels comfortable. While Farrell said Drew's status for Opening Day is more dependent on how the 30-year-old feels, the Red Sox skipper also emphasized the need for Drew to get playing time over the last week of camp.

"With the time he's missed, we're going to have to go with how he feels," Farrell said. "When you get into the last eight days here, we want to be sure when that day he gets back into game activity, an appropriate number of at-bats are had and he feels comfortable. We haven't ruled anything out, but we have to be realistic. We're not going to put him on the field until all the symptoms are subsided completely. That's getting better by the day. We still have some time to work through this."

In the event the Sox deem it necessary to place Drew on the 7-day disabled list for players with concussion symptoms, they may keep him out of big league exhibition games next week, a procedural step that would allow them to place him on the DL Sunday, the earliest they would be allowed to do so. If the Sox take that step, Drew would miss only one game, the opener, before being eligible to return.

* Farrell said David Ortiz continues to make progress as he recovers from the inflammation in his heels. Ortiz took batting practice in the cage Thursday night and Friday morning back at the Fort.

* Farrell is excited about seeing Red Sox infield prospect Xander Bogaerts in action at shortstop Friday. The 20-year-old, who started at shortstop against the Blue Jays, spent most of the spring playing third base for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, batting 5-for-19 with two doubles and one RBI in seven games. He also went 4 for 6 with a double and two RBIs in two exhibition games with the Netherlands.

"We'll get a chance to see him at shortstop where he feels most comfortable defensively," Farrell said. "I'm definitely excited to see him on the field. He's very mature. He was very at-ease in (the WBC). He hasn't seemed to be in awe in any way. The WBC experience was tremendous. The players and teams he went up against. That was a very positive experience."

* Farrell said the Boston brass would use the next few days to sort out the final roster spots. Lyle Overbay, one of the players in question, started at first on Friday.

"We're going to take every day available to us to decide how our bench is going to round out," Farrell said. "He's a proven big leaguer and a very dependable major league player. In his case, there's a veteran presence. Ultimately, though, how the group on our bench complements each other is how it's going to settle."

Overbay entered Friday's contest batting .242 (8-for-33) with one double, two triples, and seven RBIs this spring.

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