Terry Francona on J.D. Drew’s return date: “We don’t know”


J.D. Drew was supposed to come off the disabled list when rosters expanded on September 1, but instead he sprained his finger while on a minor-league rehab assignment for a shoulder injury.

While doing a radio interview on WEEI this afternoon Terry Francona was asked about Drew’s return timetable and replied:

We don’t know. He tried to throw yesterday and that didn’t go real well. And he hasn’t attempted to swing yet, so he’s probably not on the horizon. And we haven’t had him for a while now.

July 19, to be exact. Josh Reddick has been in a prolonged slump, potentially opening the door for Drew to reclaim regular playing time in right field, but the injury setback combined with Reddick collecting seven hits in his last three games now makes that unlikely.

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright to be suspended 15 games for domestic violence

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Even Drellich of NBC Sports Boston has learned that Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The announcement should come from MLB at any moment. Wright will begin the season on the disabled list and will not serve his suspension until he is healthy.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by a Williamson County, Tennessee judge. If Wright stays out of trouble for a 12-month span from the time the case was placed on hold, the charges are expected to be dropped. Likely because of that this is a short suspension by MLB’s domestic violence policy standards, but the league’s policy does provide for discipline even in the absent of legal charges.

Wright made only five starts in 2017 due to knee problems. He had season-ending surgery in May. Over parts of five seasons, the knuckleballer owns a 3.97 ERA in 287 2/3 innings.