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J.D. Drew | Outfielder

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (38) / 11/20/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Florida State
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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that J.D. Drew would consider accepting a bench role for a team "if it were close to his Georgia home."
Many have assumed that Drew will retire, but his agent, Scott Boras, says his client hasn't made any such announcement. The 36-year-old batted just .222/.315/.302 in 2011 and appeared in only 81 games due to injuries, but he'd make a fine bench option for the Braves or another team if he's indeed willing to accept a minor role. Sun, Mar 4, 2012 10:04:00 AM

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According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, veteran outfielder J.D. Drew is "very likely" to retire.

Drew has struggled mightily to attract free agent interest this winter after batting just .222/.315/.302 in 2011 and appearing in only 81 games due to injuries. If he is indeed finished, the 36-year-old outfielder will finish with a cool .873 career OPS, 1,437 career hits and 242 career homers. He played for the Cardinals, Braves, Dodgers and Red Sox during a 14-year major league career.
Tue, Jan 24, 2012 12:41:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington that the team is not considering re-signing free agent outfielder J.D. Drew.

The Sox have some more money to play with after dealing Marco Scutaro Saturday, but they apparently feel comfortable with their right field situation and will instead use that cash to upgrade the rotation. Drew isn't planning on retiring like he previously indicated he might, but there's been little buzz this offseason as to where he might wind up. He could make for a solid platoon guy if he manages to stay healthy, as he can still hit right-handed pitching.
Sun, Jan 22, 2012 08:36:00 AM

J.D. Drew's agent Scott Boras said Monday that his client has not retired.

Drew, 35, was limited to just 81 games this season due to injuries to his left shoulder and right middle finger, batting .222/.315/.302 over 286 plate appearances. Boras said he is willing to play next season given the right situation, but it's hard to believe a team will rely on him to be a regular contributor at this point of his career.
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 06:25:00 PM

Red Sox activated outfielder J.D. Drew from the 60-day disabled list.

Drew has not played since July because of a sore left shoulder and more recently a fractured knuckle on the middle finger of his right hand. He's in the lineup, batting seventh and playing right field, Sunday night. It's not a great sign for Boston that they are thrusting Drew into action for the first time in two months during Game Two of a doubleheader against the Yankees, with a mere half-game lead in the Wild Card race over Tampa Bay, but here we are. Drew hit an anemic .219/.317/.305 over 233 at-bats earlier this year.
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 05:04:00 PM

J.D. Drew (finger) could return for the final series of the regular season.

He originally went on the DL with a shoulder injury, but it's the finger that's more of an issue at this point. However, Drew took indoor batting practice Friday and his finger is evidently feeling well enough that he could be activated soon. He could be added to the potential ALDS roster if he looks good over the final few games.
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 11:00:00 AM

J.D. Drew (finger) took indoor batting practice Friday.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Drew's swings looked "OK," but he didn't provide a timetable for when the outfielder might return. At this point it would be a surprise if he's back before the end of the season, and if that's the case, it seems doubtful that he'd be active for the ALDS. Drew has not played since July because of a sore left shoulder and more recently a fractured knuckle on the middle finger of his right hand.
Sat, Sep 24, 2011 08:31:00 AM

J.D. Drew was given a cortisone shot in his fractured middle finger on Monday afternoon.

The Red Sox are hoping the pain-killing injection will help Drew accelerate his rehab. He's been on the disabled list since late July -- first with a left shoulder injury, and now with a broken right middle finger. There's no timetable for his return.
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 08:54:00 AM

J.D. Drew (finger) was scheduled to swing a bat Friday, but he is now dealing with a neck issue.

Drew was originally placed on the disabled list in late-July with a left shoulder impingement, but suffered a fractured right middle finger while on a minor league rehab assignment. It's not yet clear if his latest setback is a major one, but the Red Sox obviously can't count on his return anytime soon.
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 04:24:00 PM

Red Sox transferred OF J.D. Drew from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Boston made the move to open a spot on the 40-man roster for a slew of roster moves upcoming. Drew was originally placed on the disabled list in July with a left shoulder impingement, but made little progress after hurting his middle finger in a rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket at the end of August. Drew was diagnosed with a fractured finger, which Red Sox GM Theo Epstein revealed Monday in a chat with WEEI radio in Boston. Josh Reddick should continue to get the majority of the playing time in right field.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 04:03:00 PM

J.D. Drew has a fractured middle finger.

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein revealed that bit of news Monday in a chat with WEEI radio in Boston. Drew is hoping to play through the discomfort, but he hasn't had much luck with that strategy yet. There's no telling when he might be activated from the disabled list.
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 09:39:00 AM

During an appearance on WEEI in Boston on Wednesday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated that J.D. Drew (finger) isn't close to returning from the disabled list.

Drew was originally placed on the disabled list in July with a left shoulder impingement, but has made little progress since spraining his middle finger in a rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket at the end of August. "We don't know," said Francona. "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." With Drew's status in doubt, Josh Reddick should continue to get the majority of the playing time in right field.
Source: WEEI.com
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 03:48:00 PM

J.D. Drew (finger) won't be activated off the disabled list for "at least a week."

Drew hurt his finger while completing a rehab assignment for an injured shoulder at Triple-A Pawtucket. Red Sox manager Terry Francona says there's a chance Drew will need to be sent on another rehab assignment before rejoining the team. At the very least, it sounds like you should be planning to be without him in your AL-only league for an additional 10 days.
Fri, Sep 2, 2011 08:21:00 AM

J.D. Drew (finger) expects to miss more than a couple of days.

Drew injured his middle finger while taking a big hack in a rehab game Tuesday at Triple-A Pawtucket. X-rays showed a tiny sliver of loose bone in the finger. He might not be ready until late next week.
Thu, Sep 1, 2011 05:35:00 PM

J.D. Drew injured his middle finger while playing in a rehab game Tuesday at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Drew finished 3-for-3 with a run scored, but he suffered a slight sprain in his finger and is going to need a couple days of rest. The Red Sox won't activate him Thursday, but the veteran outfielder should be ready to rock at some point this weekend.
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 05:39:00 PM

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