Red Sox to place J.D. Drew on DL with shoulder impingement

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It’s been a long time coming, but the Red Sox will place the struggling J.D. Drew on the disabled list Monday due to an impingement in his left shoulder, CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reports.

The Red Sox certainly appear to be better off with Josh Reddick in right field anyway, and they’ve been using him there since Carl Crawford came off the disabled list.  Reddick went 2-for-5 with an RBI today and is hitting .365 with four homers and 19 RBI in 95 at-bats for Boston.

Drew has similar power numbers.  Unfortunately, they’ve comes in 2 1/2 times as much playing time.  Drew has hit .219 with four homers and 21 RBI in 233 at-bats.

Believe it or not, it will be Drew’s first DL stint since 2008.  He’s managed to stay relatively healthy three straight years, but because he’s had such a difficult season, there has been talk that the Red Sox might release him in advance of him becoming a free agent this winter.

There hasn’t been any word yet on who will replace Drew on the roster, but infielder Drew Sutton is an obvious candidate.

Update: It sounds like the Red Sox will go to 13 pitchers, if only briefly.  Jon Lester, slated to start tomorrow night, is expected to take Drew’s roster slot.

Mets sign Matt Purke to minors deal

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The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.

Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.

While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.