Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is still dealing with lingering concussion-related symptoms and the timetable for a return to the field is "unclear." His concussion came March 7 by way of a pitch that hit him in the helmet.
“[Drew is] frustrated, because a lot of his normal everyday is normal. Yet when he gets to some loud areas, that has an affect,” manager John Farrell told reporters Friday (NESN.com). “Any kind of quick movements, it's almost like the vision takes a little bit of time there to catch up. There's a little bit of a delay there. Those are all classic symptoms of a mild concussion.”
Caution should be the word here. Remember, concussion-related symptoms have had a serious effect on careers for players in recent years, specifically in the cases of Jason Bay and Justin Morneau.
Drew, 30, hit .223/.309/.348 with seven homers, 28 RBI and 13 doubles in stops with the Diamondbacks and Athletics last season. He's slated to be the Red Sox everyday starter at short, but if he misses any time they'd be forced to go with light-hitting Jose Iglesias.
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