BOSTON -- If all goes well, there's a good chance Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew will be back in the lineup on Tuesday in Colorado.
An MRI showed that the outfielder would not have to go on the disabled list.
According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona on Sunday, there's a "realistic" chance Drew (hamstring strain) will play against the Rockies, especially with Monday as an off day.
"The good news is, I don't think anyone remotely thinks it's a DL," Francona said. "We'll stay away from him tonight, with tomorrow off, and we'll see how he's doing tomorrow. There's a big outfield in Denver and if he's healthy to play, he'll play. If not, we'll make the adjustment like we always do."
Drew is batting .276 with eight homers and 37 RBIs for the season.
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins and Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.