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Drew plays in extended spring training game

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 2, 2013 05:24 PM

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NEW YORK Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, out since March 7 because of a concussion, was cleared to play by Major League Baseball and had three plate appearances in an extended spring training game in Florida on Tuesday.

He was 1 for 3 with a double and played three innings in the field.

It was a major step forward for Drew, whose spring training came to a halt when he felt dizzy and had problems with his vision after being hit in the head with a pitch.

Drew was cleared to start baseball activities on March 17 but needed further testing to get in games.

Because Drew had only 18 plate appearances before he was injured and will likely need at least a week of games to get prepared. He is eligible to come off the seven-day concussion disabled list on Wednesday.

Jose Iglesias started at shortstop on Opening Day for the Red Sox and had three infield hits. Iglesias has shown great improvement this season at the plate. But Drew, who was signed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal, will be the starter once he is deemed ready.

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