Notes: Drew makes difficult flight
Outfielder's 17-month-old son underwent surgery this week
SEATTLE -- For Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew, taking a flight from Boston to Seattle on Thursday night was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do. His son 17-month-old Jack underwent surgery earlier this week because of developmental displacement in his hips.
Drew was out of the lineup for all three games of Boston's series with the Orioles.
"It was hard walking out the door," Drew said. "I told my father-in-law yesterday, it was probably one of the hardest things I ever had to do was walk out that door and leave him behind. It was a situation any father doesn't want to have to go through when you see your son like that, or your wife in that situation."
The good news is that the prognosis for Jack is favorable, though he'll be in a cast for the next six to eight weeks.
As a way of giving Drew another day to get his feet back under him, Sox manager Terry Francona started Wily Mo Pena in right field for Friday's game against the Mariners. Drew is likely to be back in there on Saturday.
"I came in yesterday and it was kind of like running in quicksand after being on your feet for as long as I was at the hospital and no rest," said Drew. "Got a good night's rest last night for the first time and it will give me a chance to get some batting practice and shag some balls in the outfield, things like that, get my feet back under me. I'll be ready later in the game and ready tomorrow as well."
Beckett-Schilling: Why did Francona flip-flop his original rotation plan and have Josh Beckett pitch Sunday in Seattle and have Curt Schilling make his return to the team on Monday in Anaheim?
"Some of it goes farther down the road," Francona said. "Days off coming up. If you look at some of the days off coming up, it might make more sense. We have a doubleheader coming in a couple of weeks. There's some ability to be consistent with workload. It just makes it a little bit better."
Timlin ready for return: Though Mike Timlin had been available for the final two games of the homestand against the Orioles, he wasn't used. That was no sign of his health, but simply a matter of game situations. Timlin, who experienced an achy right shoulder on the last road trip, is feeling good and hoping to get in a game soon.
On deck: The Red Sox send Daisuke Matsuzaka (12-8, 3.75 ERA) to the mound for Saturday night's contest. He'll be opposed by left-hander Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 4.11 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.