ANAHEIM, Calif. — Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was on the field at Angel Stadium early Friday afternoon, going through a series of running and agility drills under the supervision of two trainers.
It was a test to determine whether Drew’s strained right hamstring had healed enough for him to play sometime this weekend.
There was improvement, but not enough and Drew was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 29.
Drew could return July 14, the final day of the road trip and the last game before the All-Star break. Righthanded reliever Jose De La Torre was recalled from Triple A Pawtucket.
“[Drew's] making progress. But yet where we are with the day-to-day status and going a man short in the bullpen, we felt like it was time to get back to that 12-man staff,” manager John Farrell said.
Jose Iglesias has been playing shortstop in Drew’s absence with Brandon Snyder starting at third base. The Red Sox are keeping rookie Jonathan Diaz on the roster as a backup shortstop.
This is De La Torre’s third stint with the Red Sox this season. He has appeared in three games, allowing three runs over 5 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old has been dominant with Pawtucket, allowing 20 hits over 38 1/3 innings and striking out 45.
• David Ortiz is out of the lineup for the second time in five games.
“I’m fine. They’re just giving me a break,” Ortiz said. “Long flight out here and we have a long [road] trip.”
With the Red Sox expected to face six righthanded starting pitchers beginning Saturday, Farrell wanted to give his designated hitter a day off.
• Clay Buchholz, who has not pitched since June 8 because of a sore shoulder, could make a minor league rehab start before the All-Star break. Buchholz is scheduled to throw from 105 feet on Saturday and throw some pitches from flat ground. He could throw in the bullpen in Seattle on Monday.
Barring a setback, Buchholz could make a minor league start on July 14. Because he has been out so long, Buchholz would need at least two starts before being activated off the disabled list.
• Major League Baseball will announce the All-Star rosters early Saturday evening. Ortiz had a commanding lead in the fan vote for designated hitter when the last totals were announced. Dustin Pedroia is likely to make the team as a reserve.
Outfielder Daniel Nava and righthanded reliever Koji Uehara merit consideration for the team. Buchholz, who is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, was in line to potentially start the game before he was injured. He could be named to the team then replaced.
Farrell made a case for Nava and Uehara during a recent conversation with Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who will manage the American League team.
Farrell dropped a hint that Nava or Uehara could be one of the five players on the “Final Vote” list.
• The Red Sox promoted 24-year-old lefthander Drake Britton to Triple A Pawtucket, where he will join the rotation. Britton was 7-6 with a 3.51 ERA for Double A Portland.
• Farrell was pleased righthanded reliever Clayton Mortensen cleared waivers and was outrighted to Pawtucket. Although Mortensen was passed over by 29 other teams, the Sox feel he has value. “Any time you can keep major league experienced arms in your control, it’s a good thing,” Farrell said. “He’s a known commodity to us.” Farrell was surprised Mortensen wasn’t claimed.
• Lefthander Franklin Morales, out since June 25 with a strained pectoral muscle, is playing catch but won’t be back any time soon. Morales had the same injury in April and this time the Sox want to make sure he heals.
• The Angels will start Jerome Williams on Saturday. The righthander started against the Cardinals on Wednesday and lasted only 1 2/3 innings [and 55 pitches]. He allowed seven runs on four hits and four walks.