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

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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.