Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Stephen Drew was scratched from yesterday’s Grapefruit League lineup due to concussion symptoms, one day after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Caleb Thielbar of the Twins.
Drew was believed to be fine initially and was even expected to be in the lineup yesterday, but he began to feel symptoms late Thursday night while reading a book. Now he’ll have to pass a series of concussion tests and be cleared by an MLB doctor before returning to the field.
Drew signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Red Sox over the winter and is slated to be the team’s starting shortstop this season. The 29-year-old returned from ankle surgery last year and batted .223/.309/.348 with seven home runs, 28 RBI and a .657 OPS in 79 games between the Diamondbacks and Athletics.
Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”
Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.
Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.
Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.