Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew is headed to the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement. Tonight’s starting pitcher, Jon Lester, will fill Drew’s roster spot.
“We didn’t DL him right away because we didn’t have a move we wanted to make and he could have pinch-run, something like that,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.
“Hopefully, the couple [of] weeks down will really do him some good and get him some strength back in that shoulder. Maybe we have a better chance of seeing the J.D. that we’re hoping for.”
Francona said that Drew had an MRI Saturday and that no specific incident caused the injury.
“I don’t know how long it’s been bothering him,” Francona said. “He’s been getting treatment on it for a while, a couple of weeks.
This season, Drew is batting .219 with four home runs and 21 RBIs, and he’d been the Red Sox’ everyday right fielder until Friday — when Josh Reddick got the start. Reddick played the rest of the weekend in right.
This move allows the Red Sox to keep pitcher Kyle Weiland on their big-league roster. (Many thought he’d be sent down to Pawtucket once Lester returned.) For now, the Sox will keep Weiland in the bullpen.
“The one thing we don’t want him to do is not pitch,” Francona said. “He’s got good stuff. I know he was a reliever in college. It’s just hard not to have guys start if they have good enough stuff.
“All of us can certainly envision him helping us out in the bullpen, too.”
In his two starts for the Red Sox, Weiland went 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.