FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who hasn’t played since March 7 because of a concussion, will travel to Pittsburgh Tuesday to be examined by a specialist.
Drew will see Dr. Michael Collins at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Wednesday and part of Thursday before returning to camp. Collins is the director of the Sports Concussion Program at UPMC.
“We don’t have any reason to think there’s more there. We’re trying to get a better understanding of what is there,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “Just the fact that he’s still experiencing the same type of symptoms. We just to try to get out arms around it as best we can.”
Farrell said Drew will undergo a battery of tests. Drew told reporters last week that he had never had a concussion before. He was injured when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch. At the time, Drew stayed in the game for another two innings.
“His care is first and foremost,” Farrell said. “The fact is we’re still in spring training. We know the days are ticking by. But whatever measure we can take with his care being first and foremost, we’re going to do that.”
There seems to be no chance Drew will be on the roster for Opening Day on April 1.
“That’s window’s closing by the day,” Farrell said. “When you talk about an ordinary or somewhat normal amount of at-bats in spring training, those opportunities are starting to be removed.”
Farrell has indicated that Jose Iglesias would start at shortstop if Drew lands on the disabled list.
Also, Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts was headed back to camp after being away since Feb. 24 for the World Baseball Classic.
The 20-year-old will report to major league camp and spend at least a few more days with the Red Sox.
“He’ll remain in camp here for the time being just to get him back ... and see him on the field,” manager John Farrell said.
Farrell said Bogaerts will play shortstop and possibly some third base. But the time at third base would be just to get Bogaerts some at-bats, he said.
“Make no mistake, still in our eyes he’s a shortstop,” Farrell said. “We’ll get him a few more at-bats here before he begins his regular season.”
Bogaerts played mostly third base for the Netherlands in the WBC. He was 5 of 19 in the tournament with two doubles and one RBI in seven games. He did not play in the semifinal loss against the Dominican Republic on Monday.
Bogaerts was 4 for 6 with a double and two RBIs in a pair of exhibition games with the Dutch team.
“I think that the experience had with the WBC, I think is all positive,” Farrell said. “Would we have liked more at-bats? Sure. But I think that the fact that he played in that environment and on that stage outweighs maybe a few less at-bats he might have otherwise had here.
“All that being said, we’re happy for the experience that he went through.”