J.D. Drew left tonight’s game after the seventh inning with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle. Manager Terry Francona said he will not play tomorrow, and the start in right will likely go to Jeff Bailey.
“I’ve had a little bit of the flu lately, so I don’t know if it’s a little cramp from some dehydration,” Drew told Tony Massarotti after the game. “But it was definitely getting a little tender.”
Drew wants to get to Progressive Field in Cleveland early for treatment, but Francona said he’ll likely get the day off. Drew wants to be cautious because of past issues with the same muscle.
“I had a couple of quad issues early in my career, and it had the same kind of tight feeling, and I ended up tearing it up, and missing like four to six weeks,” Drew said. “I don’t have time for that right now.”
Francona said Drew tweaked his quadriceps fielding Hideki Matsui’s line drive in the sixth.