Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew getting his timing down

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Stephen Drew had 17 plate appearances in spring training before he suffered a concussion March 7 that eventually landed him on the disabled list to start the season.

He reported to Double A Portland April 5 and picked up an additional 16 plate appearances over four games.

Under major league rules, players on the seven-day concussion disabled list can spend no more than five games in the minor leagues on a rehabilitation assignment. So when Drew was activated April 10, he suspected it would take some time to get his timing down.

“It was like spring training was split up,” Drew said Thursday before the Red Sox faced the Toronto Blue Jays. “I didn’t know when the concussion thing was going to end. It’s no excuse, I had to get out there and play.”

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