CLEVELAND -- It may take a second to identify the bespectacled guy at shortstop Monday night. But while the glasses are new, the shortstop is the same guy who played for a World Series winner last October.
A third of the season has passed, but Stephen Drew has rejoined the Boston Red Sox, having completed a 10-game minor league assignment after signing a prorated $10 million deal with the Sox last month.
The left-handed hitting Drew will be batting eighth in the lineup, while Xander Bogaerts, who had started 53 of the team's first 57 games at short, slides over to third base for his first start there this season.
Brock Holt, who has been the teams's hottest hitter during its seven-game win streak and had been playing third base until making his first-ever professional start at first base Sunday, remains in the leadoff spot and will play first again Monday night against the Indians.
"I talked to him, just me and him personally,'' Drew said of Bogaerts on Monday afternoon. "I was kind of in the same boat in Arizona with [Craig] Counsell there and I was coming up. Hopefully, it will make the team better; that's the reason why they looked at it.
"Going back to last year, he played really well at third. It's not that he can't play short. It just makes the club better. We're fine. I've talked to him. I know what it felt like when I was that age. I gave him my advice there. We're on the same page.''
Drew said he has begun wearing glasses to correct an astigmatism that bothers him more at night. Contact lenses were an option, but he doesn't like the way they can dry out and blur his vision.
"I'm going to try to get acclimated with it, see how it goes,'' he said.