Drew put on DL to make room for Lester

July, 25, 2011
7/25/11
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox will get some help for their banged-up rotation on Monday with Jon Lester returning from the disabled list to face the Kansas City Royals.

To open a roster spot for Lester, the Sox placed right fielder J.D. Drew on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.

Drew had an MRI taken last Saturday after receiving treatment for a while due to "wear and tear" according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

"Hopefully having a couple of weeks down will really do him some good," Francona said. "If he can get some strength back in that shoulder maybe we have a better chance of seeing the J.D. that we're hoping for."

Drew is hitting .219 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 77 games this season. Drew was recently replaced in right field by the hot-hitting Josh Reddick, who is hitting .358 with four homers and 19 RBIs during two separate stints with Boston (32 games) this season.

Lester returns to the mound after a brief stint on the DL with a lat strain he suffered on July 5 after four no-hit innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.

"It's stating the obvious that we're really excited to have him back," said Francona. "The only limitations we have tonight is probably a pitch count, and that's only because of common sense. He feels good and has no restrictions pitching and physically there are no issues there, which is really good."

With Lester returning to the starting rotation, rookie pitcher Kyle Weiland will remain with the parent club in the bullpen for now.

"Kyle's in the bullpen for the next few days and then there will be something we have to figure out," Francona said.

For more on Lester and Drew, click here.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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