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A slumping Drew gets a day off

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 25, 2013 12:08 PM

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A day after he started at third base, Jose Iglesias is shifting to shortstop for the Red Sox. Pedro Ciriaco is starting at third base and Stephen Drew is on the bench against lefthander Scott Kazmir.

"Day game after a night game, trying to get another righthanded bat in there," John Farrell said. "Feel like Stephen probably can use a day [off]. As we've been rotation our positions players through, kind of normal scheduling situation."

Drew is hitless in his last 17 at-bats since wrenching his back on an awkward slide in Minnesota on May 17.

"He's felt some soreness from it. But it hasn't been to the point of keeping him out of the lineup once he returned," Farrell said. "Just managing it as everyone else manages what they're banged-up with."

Has the injury affected his swing?

"I can't say it hasn't. Whether it's the aggressiveness in which he's swung the bat. Just in talking with Stephen, I can't say it's restricted his swing or the extension to it. It might just be the overall aggressiveness. All things considered that's why today was a natural down day for him."

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The Sox will discuss Franklin Morales today. The lefty has been on the disabled list all season and is now ready to pitch after going through a minor league rehab assignment. So what now?

"One of two things. Either he's activated and put in the bullpen here or he makes one more additional rehab start. Those are ongoing conversations," Farrell said. "I think we'll come to probably a more clear direction by the end of the day."

Because Morales had his original 30-day rehab assignment stopped and started up again, the Sox could keep him on the disabled list until June 5.

Morales went five innings on Thursday, so he would not be available until Tuesday at the earliest if the Sox wait four days.

Part of the issue is that the Red Sox kind of like their bullpen the way it is. Morales would give them three lefties. Clayton Mortensen is out of options and Alex Wilson has pitched well.

Dustin Pedroia has yet to get a day off. Don't expect that to change any time soon.

"I'll probably look and he'll probably continue to be in the lineup," Farrell said. "As we know, he's not a guy who's looking to come out of the lineup. Whether it's 162 [games], there may be a time along the way that we give him a break. But right now he's still going strong."

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