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Drew X-rays negative

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  March 20, 2009 04:43 PM

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X-rays on J.D. Drew's right hand came back negative and he has only a contusion, a Red Sox spokesperson said. Drew was hit by a pitch in the fat part of his hand, between the wrist and the bottom of the pinkie, in the fifth inning today by Pittsburgh Pirates lefthanded reliever Donnie Veal.

"He just expressed he wasn't real thrilled with getting hit, and it kind of hurt," said bench coach Brad Mills, who was acting as manager today in Terry Francona's absence. "That was all."

While Drew is hurt, no bones were broken and he should not have to miss significant action. His right hand is his bottom hand when he holds the bat.

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