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Stephen Drew One Step Closer to Red Sox Return

Stephen Drew, who took batting practice with the Red Sox last week, spent the weekend with Greenville and is expected to be with Pawtucket this week. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

After spending the weekend in Greenville, Stephen Drew is getting closer to his return to the Red Sox.

The recently re-signed shortstop is expected to play the next two games with the Pawtucket Red Sox against the Gwinnett Braves. It is still unclear as to when exactly he will suit up for Boston, though the hope was it would only take him around 25 minor league at bats.

Drew played three games over the weekend with the Red Soxí Single-A affiliate Greenville Drive, going 3-for-8 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a walk in nine plate appearances. In the field, he made one error playing shortstop for the Drive.

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Drew and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $10.1 million deal last Tuesday, and was assigned to Greenville later in the week.

The 31-year-old played 124 games for the Red Sox in 2013, hitting .253 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs. Drewís main accomplishments last year came in the field, however, as he was one of the best defensive shortstops in the game, with his .984 fielding percentage just .05 behind Yunel Escobar for the American League lead, while only Troy Tulowitzki was sandwiched between Drew and Escobar for the best percentage in all of baseball.

When Drew does return to the Red Sox, it is expected that Xander Bogaerts will shift over to third base.