Stephen Drew ready to start rehab assignment in Double A

NEW YORK — Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew played four innings in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday and will start a rehabilitation assignment with Double A Portland on Thursday.

Because Drew is on the seven-day concussion disabled list, a rehab assignment can last only five games. The Red Sox are planning on Drew playing four games. That would line him up to rejoin the Sox for the home opener on Monday against Baltimore.

Drew has played in extended spring training games two days in a row.

Drew suffered a concussion when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch on March 7.

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