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Stephen Drew Not in Tuesday's Starting Lineup for Red Sox

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Stephen Drew is dealing with an oblique issue that will keep him out a few days, according to manger John Farrell. David Richard/USA Today Sports


According to multiple reports, Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew will miss his second consecutive game due to a strained oblique.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Monday's game Drew was dealing with an oblique injury.

Jonathan Herrera will play shortstop tonight.

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Drew has played four games for the Red Sox since being called up last week, collecting just one hit and one RBI in 14 at bats, while walking twice. He has made no errors in the field in 22 total chances, and has contributed to seven Red Sox double plays.

“People are gonna say what they are gonna say,’’ Drew told the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy in Baltimore Monday. “I know what I’m about and the 25 guys here know what I’m about and how hard I work, and it’s just an adjustment.

“They know that once I get adjusted, it will work out for the best. Not having spring training, these guys have three months on me and I think I’ve only got 12 at-bats.

“I’ve had some good ones and I’m making adjustments. I think I’ve already helped out defensive-wise and saving runs. It’s just a matter of time for everything to start clicking.’’

Drew re-signed with the Red Sox last month in a one-year deal worth approximately $10 million. The 31-year-old Drew batted .253/.333/.433 as the starting shortstop for the world champion Red Sox last year, but declined the club’s qualifying offer as a free agent in the offseason.