Shortstop Stephen Drew is back in the Red Sox starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Indians at Fenway Park. It is his first time in the lineup since June 8 at Detroit. Drew missed the last six games with an ailing left oblique.
Since rejoining the Sox on May 21, this is just his fifth game. He entered the game batting .071, going 1-for-14 with two walks and five strikeouts.
Drew, who is batting eighth on Sunday, said on Saturday he would try to take things slowly.
“[He doesn’t] have the benefit of a gradual buildup that spring training would provide,” said manager John Farrell. “Not only is he coming back into full speed, but he’s coming back to face pitching that’s now got 2 1/2 months under their belt. Getting his timing back at the big league level is a challenge, not only for him, but for anybody that would miss two full months.”