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With Drew down, Reddick is back up

Sox starter Jon Lester is framed by plate umpire Tom Hallion (left) and Rockies batter Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning. Sox starter Jon Lester is framed by plate umpire Tom Hallion (left) and Rockies batter Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)
By Amalie Benjamin
Globe Staff / June 23, 2010

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DENVER — When the Red Sox arrived in Denver, carting reliever Robert Manuel with them from the East Coast, they weren’t planning on making a roster move. They wouldn’t have made Manuel fly across the country were that the case. But upon J.D. Drew’s realization that he would not be healed enough to play yesterday, the Sox were forced to make a move.

So Manuel was shipped back, and outfielder Josh Reddick came out on a flight yesterday morning, all with the hope that Drew will be ready to play against the Rockies tomorrow. If not, there will have to be other machinations, given that the Sox still need to add Daisuke Matsuzaka to the roster before his scheduled start tomorrow.

For now, though, Drew remains unavailable.

“I feel a good bit better,’’ said Drew, who strained his right hamstring Friday. “I’m still sore, still got a little area in there that I’m a little concerned about.

“We’re trying to just take precautions not to do anything to jeopardize a really long-term process. Got on the field a little bit [Monday], did a little jogging. I could feel it every single step that I took. So kind of just ran, nice easy jogging a few times, then decided to shut it down.

“Came in [yesterday], hit some in the cage a little bit. Doesn’t feel as bad. So real optimistic that we’re getting close.’’

The hamstring is not a problem when Drew hits but has been an issue when he runs. Manager Terry Francona, though, seemed wary of using Drew as a pinch hitter.

The Sox don’t believe Drew will need to be placed on the disabled list.

“We’ll wait a couple of days,’’ said Francona.

“I don’t really feel it so much hitting,’’ Drew said. “Swing-wise, it’s not an issue. That’s a good thing, especially playing in the National League and availability to pinch hit, stuff like that. That’s a plus.

“Hopefully I can buy just a little bit of time just to kind of let this thing disappear and be ready to roll again.’’

Beckett throwing
Josh Beckett, who has been on the disabled list since May 19, threw 42 pitches at Fenway Park Monday, all fastballs. He will follow that up by throwing a 55-pitch side session using all of his pitches today, which puts him on a normal five-day cycle. “Saturday, I think we’re going to try to simulate some kind of an up-and-down,’’ Francona said. “Then five days later, we’ll figure out how we do it. Does he face some hitters? We’ll kind of figure that out. He did real well and he feels real well today.’’ Beckett is likely to need at least a couple of starts in the minor leagues before he’d be ready to pitch in the majors again.

Under control
Jacoby Ellsbury will be reevaluated toward the end of this week, after spending time at Athletes’ Performance in Arizona, with trainer Mike Reinold talking to both people at API and Dr. Lewis Yocum. Ellsbury is improving, experiencing less pain. He still has to do all of his activities in a controlled environment . . . Francona said he’d like to play David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and Adrian Beltre two games each in Colorado. That would mean Youkilis would move to third base for a game. Ortiz did not start last night but pinch hit in the seventh. He grounded to second with the bases loaded to end a threat.

Bad day for Lowrie
The Sox are working on getting Jed Lowrie (mononucleosis) some rehab games, potentially in Lowell. But Lowrie had another bad day yesterday. The Sox don’t want to start the rehab clock before Lowrie is ready. He has been playing games in extended spring training, and swinging well, according to Francona. “We’re in the midst of reevaluating that,’’ Francona said. “Again, today didn’t really help. So we’ll see how he bounces back there.’’ . . . Jeremy Hermida (fractured ribs) did some throwing, running, and outfield drills yesterday. The outfielder is improving, though he’s not yet ready to hit.

Lester all right
Jon Lester was hit in the right hand by a comebacker in the third inning. “I’ll live,’’ Lester said after last night’s 2-1 loss to the Rockies. “I’ll be fine. It’s on my right hand, so it’s not like I need it.’’ Lester struck out six and became the second American League pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts this season (the Angels’ Jered Weaver has 107) . . . Beltre extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single to right in the fourth. He is hitting .395 during the streak . . . Dustin Pedroia’s hitting streak was snapped at 10 games after an 0 for 2 . . . Daniel Nava has reached safely in his first nine games with the Sox, the longest streak to begin a major league career with the Sox since Lowrie had an eight-game run in 2008. Youkilis had a 10-game streak in 2004 . . . Darnell McDonald had a homecoming yesterday, having grown up about 10 minutes south of Coors Field. The outfielder brought his wife and kids with him to Colorado. “I was able to catch a lot of games at Mile High when I was growing up, when it was a Triple A team,’’ he said. “So this is definitely my roots. This is where it all started for me.’’ . . . Righthanded pitcher Stolmy Pimentel of the Salem Red Sox was named to the All-Star Futures game and will play for the world team. The game is July 11.

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