Drew begins hitting off a tee

August, 6, 2011
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BOSTON -- Injured Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew on Friday hit off a batting tee for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list on July 26 (retroactive to July 20) with a left shoulder impingement.

It went well and he’s scheduled to repeat the process again today, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

“We’ll see how it progress, but I don’t think he feels like it’s going to be terribly long [before he returns],” Francona said. “From our side of it, he’s been down a while so we want to make sure he’s, not only able to come back, but come back and be productive. We could get him back and get that month, or six weeks out of him. What a lift and we haven’t seen that yet.”

When Drew’s able to return, he’s proven during his career that August, September and October are his most productive months. He has a .276 career average in August with 27 homers and 95 RBIs in 242 games. He’s also combined for a .291 average during the months of September and October, along with 42 homers and 141 RBIs in 262 games.

At the time he went on the DL last month, he was hitting .219 with four homers and 21 RBI in 77 games.

“He’s been getting after it physically, so when he does come back I think his body is going to feel pretty good,” Francona said.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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