Farrell: Drew may play this weekend

BOSTON -- The Red Sox remain hopeful that shortstop Stephen Drew can get into a game by the weekend, manager John Farrell said after Thursday night’s 5-2 win over Cleveland.

Drew, who has missed four straight games due to a sore oblique, has yet to receive an MRI. Farrell said that Drew did undergo an ultrasound Thursday and plans to step up the intensity of his workouts Friday.

“An MRI is a possibility if the increased baseball activities tomorrow warrant it,” Farrell said. “The plan is for him not to have it right now. He’ll ramp up the activities. If there’s any kind of reproducing the symptoms, then it will be administered at that point. Hopefully he gets through tomorrow and we’re looking for game activity on the weekend.”

Drew felt pain in his side again Wednesday during his second round of batting practice. He was seen Thursday running in the outfield at Fenway Park and playing catch along the first-base line. The veteran, signed last month to a prorated deal worth roughly $10 million for the year, has one hit in 14 at-bats since coming up from the minors earlier this month.