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Drew discusses his shoulder surgery

J.D. Drew talked to the media this morning. He went into some detail on his left (non-throwing) shoulder and the surgery he had in the offseason.

Drew had two cortisone shots during the season, one just before the playoffs when he took a few days off. The discomfort had gotten to the point where he was unable to hit as often as he wanted before games.

“I figured after I got that last cortisone shot and we got some time off in the offseason it would just heal itself up. But around Thanksgiving I called (trainer Mike Reinold) and just told him, ‘Hey, this is not getting any better. It actually feels like it’s getting worse.”

Drew elected to have traditional surgery to remove the spurs instead of an arthroscopic procedure that would have explored the health of his rotator cuff as well. That allowed him to come back a little quicker and he was able to prepare for the season as planned.

“There may have been some times I was affected playing with it, but not really that much,” Drew said. “The second half of the year I felt like I was swinging the bat as good as any point in my career.

“The bone spurs were just a nagging thing. Once the game started and the adrenalin started flowing, you really didn’t think about it.”

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In case you haven’t heard the sad news, former Patriots player Mosi Tatupu has passed away at the age of 54.

My family had season tickets in the south end zone of the old stadium in Foxborough and we joined the gang of fans who called themselves “Mosi’s Mooses.” We wore baseball hats with antlers on them and cheered like crazy whenever Mosi made a special-teams tackle or had one of his rare carries a running back.

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Mosi played with a lot of heart. Condolences to his family.

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