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Ailing Stephen Drew out of Red Sox lineup

BALTIMORE -- Stephen Drew was out of the lineup Monday with a tight right oblique muscle. Drew felt it in the sixth inning on Sunday night when he grounded out to shortstop.

“Precautionary. We’ve got to hold him out,” manager John Farrell said.

Drew is 1 for 14 in four games since returning to the Red Sox with one RBI and one run.

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Drew signed with the Red Sox on May 21 and was optioned to the minor leagues on May 23. He spent the minimum required time in the minors — 10 days — before the Red Sox activated him last Monday.

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Drew played seven games in the minors and was 5 for 21 with nine strikeouts.

General manager Ben Cherington would not comment on his negotiations with agent Scott Boras but said the Red Sox felt Drew was physically ready to be recalled. Boras said there were no conditions in the contract as to when Drew had to be called up.

Jonathan Herrera started at shortstop and Xander Bogaerts remained at third base. Farrell doesn’t believe Drew will be out more than a day or two and has no plans to move Bogaerts back to shortstop.

Farrell said he would be willing to start Brock Holt at shortstop. Holt has never played shortstop in the majors but has 283 games of minor league experience at the position.