J.D. Drew has a herniated disk in his back, according to the Providence Journal. Herniated disk symptoms generally take four to six weeks to significantly improve, meaning he’s probably out for the rest of the season.
Drew has suffered from chronic back pain throughout his career, and while he was in the original lineup today, the Red Sox sent him for an MRI at a Toronto hospital after he began suffering worse and worse pain.
People love to bring up the Rays losing Crawford and Longoria, but the Red Sox have dealt with many more injury problems this entire season. Drew will now join Lowell and Wakefield on the disabled list in a truly inopportune time for the Red Sox considering the Twins have now tied them for the wild card lead. This makes Brian Giles rejecting a trade to Boston even more crushing.
That .408 OBP atop the lineup could have helped greatly. Now we get more Coco Crisp as the Red Sox playoff hopes continue to appear more and more remote.