The Red Sox continued to make noise yesterday, which makes their silence all the more curious. And when it comes to outfielder J.D. Drew, the Red Sox are saying decidedly little.
There appears to have been a problem with the player’s physical exam.
While Sox officials and Drew's agent, Scott Boras, have been playing word games, indications are that Drew's recent physical with the team has raised a red flag. For example, the Sox still have not announced Drew's signing despite the fact that nearly two weeks have passed since Boras stood in a Florida hotel lobby and announced that the team and his client had agreed on a five-year, $70 million contract.
Will Carroll at Baseball Prospectus has more details:
Drew took the physical shortly after the announcement of the deal in Orlando, but sources have told me that Drew showed problems in his shoulder that "could shut down his power." Drew had minor surgery on his shoulder after the 2005 season, so it's possible that there’s more damage in there. It's important to note that in free agent acquisitions, a team often does not have the benefit of requesting medical records from his previous team prior to signing.
The Boston Herald article suggests Drew's contract could be amended to include an injury clause, providing the Red Sox with a level of protection.
Oh, and The Trolley Dodger beat us to the Nelson gag, but when it comes to Lady Drew, there can never be enough mockery.