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Drew scratched with concussion symptoms

3/8/2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A few quick hits from manager John Farrell’s media session before Friday’s "South Fort Myers Showdown" with the Minnesota Twins:

* Stephen Drew was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Jose Iglesias after suffering concussion-like symptoms due to being hit in the helmet in Thursday’s game.

Drew was plunked by Minnesota’s Caleb Thielbar in the fourth inning. At the time, there was no concern. Drew stayed in the game, grounding out in the sixth inning before exiting in the seventh.

“At the time (Drew was hit), he said, ‘Imagine if it had hit me in the nose,’ ” Farrell said. “But fortunately it glanced off the helmet. The way he reacted, you’d almost think that he didn’t see the pitch completely because there wasn’t a whole lot of diving out of the way. It wasn’t a direct blow. He felt fine throughout the game.

“But it was last night when he started to read a book, the print started to get a little fuzzy on him.”

By rule, Drew was held out of Friday’s game. Farrell said Dr. Gary Green, the medical director for Major League Baseball, will supervise Drew’s recovery. Drew’s symptoms will be checked in the training room and if necessary, he will take an online test that will be matched against the baseline test he took before spring training started.

* Daniel Nava made another start at first base Friday night. Farrell said Nava has “seamlesly” made the transition from the outfield.

“His hands and feet work fluid,” he said. “The timing is good. He’s been able to shorten up his arm stroke on the front end of the double play. It’s been very encouraging.”

Farrell said the battle for the backup first baseman roster spot remains “fluid” because of the “combination of potentially two left-handed bats.”

“Is one strictly a first baseman that’s got the ability to go there for obvious reasons, or is it a secondary position for one or two other guys?” he said. “That’s one of the main decisions we have in camp.”

Mike Carp and Lyle Overbay are other contenders.

* Farrell said he views Mike Napoli as a full-game first baseman who won’t need a late-inning defensive replacement.

“I think he’s showing every capability of finishing out a game, regardless of the score or where we’re at,” Farrell said. “He’s done a very good job.

“He’s been tested every play so far. What’s been so beneficial for him, as he has stated, is he’s had so much time and concentrated work there without any responsibilities to the position. In the past, when he’s been put out there, it’s been a little bit of a naked feeling for him. Right now, he’s much more confident defensively.”