Drew back at short, Holt to Pawtucket

July, 20, 2013
7/20/13
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BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was activated off the disabled list Saturday after missing 16 games with a right hamstring strain. Drew was batting eighth in Saturday's lineup. With the Sox due to face three more left-handers on this homestand, manager John Farrell said Drew may get a day off until he's back to every-day availability.

To make room for Drew, the Sox optioned Brock Holt back to Pawtucket, Farrell praising him for his contributions and predicting he'll be back to help, but saying the club preferred Brandon Snyder's right-handed bat against lefties.

Right fielder Shane Victorino, who came out of Friday night's game with a tight left hamstring, was not in Saturday's lineup and remains day-to-day. Farrell said the hope was Victorino would be back in the lineup Sunday.

Holt batted .290 in 10 games here, with nine singles in 31 at-bats. He made nine starts at third base while he was here, with Jose Iglesias playing short.

With Drew back, Iglesias slides back over to third.

"I am excited," Drew said. "It's kind of frustrating that I had to go on the DL but it's part of the game and I'm looking forward to getting back and getting back in the routine."

Drew was challenged on the game's first play when Brett Gardner of the Yankees hit a bouncing ball over the mound. Drew ranged to the second-base side of first and made a strong slow, but Gardner just beat the throw, sliding into first.

Drew played the last two nights in Portland, doubling in four trips while serving as DH Thursday night, and singling in three trips while playing short Friday night.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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