5/30/2014 6:47 P.M. ET
Drew could join Red Sox for Indians series
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
BOSTON -- While manager John Farrell won't make any predictions on when shortstop Stephen Drew will join the Red Sox, he's hopeful Drew will be available when the team begins its three-game series with the Indians on Monday in Cleveland.
After playing three games with Class A Greenville and two games with Triple-A Pawtucket, Farrell said Drew will play both games at shortstop this weekend for Pawtucket before a decision is made.
"The next few days will give us a read on where he is at," Farrell said. "When he was in Greenville, we spoke right after. By his own design, he wanted to see as many pitches as possible. He wanted to track the ball. We are trusting the fact that this is a veteran player getting back into shape."
Boston's initial plan was for Drew to get at least 25 at-bats, but he's likely to fall short of that even with the two games this weekend. In 15 at-bats between Greenville and Pawtucket, Drew has four hits (two doubles) and two RBIs. However, he's struck out seven times.
"Stephen is a rhythm type of hitter and playing every day is key to that. We aren't rushing to any evaluation on whether he'll be activated Monday or later on," Farrell said. "It will be a process and we are fully accepting of that."
Since Drew didn't clear waivers until May 23, Major League Baseball option rules stipulate that he has to spend at least 10 days in the Minor Leagues before he can be activated by the Red Sox.
Once Drew finally does return to the team, Farrell understands it will take some time before he is fully acclimated.
"It will be a balance with how much he plays," Farrell said. "He is still getting back into shape."
Red Sox place Lavarnway on DL, recall Hassan
BOSTON -- The Red Sox placed Ryan Lavarnway on the disabled list Friday with a left hamate fracture and recalled Alex Hassan from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Lavarnway sustained the injury in Thursday's game against the Braves, his first career start at first base. The injury occurred during his first at-bat, however he didn't leave the game until the fifth inning with soreness in his left wrist.
The injury will require surgery, which has yet to be scheduled.
"We'll know more about the extent of how long he will be out after surgery," manager John Farrell said. "At this point, with four months remaining, I wouldn't suspect it to be season-ending."
It's unfortunate timing for Lavarnway, who was recalled on Monday for his first stint with Boston this season.
However, the move will give Hassan, a Quincy, Mass., native, the opportunity to make his Major League debut. In 45 games with Pawtucket, Hassan hit .217 with 10 doubles, one home run and 19 RBIs.
"I feel real fortunate, really excited. It's really hard to put into words at this point," Hassan said. "Certainly a lot went into it. In the moment it's tough to sum up, but I'm really happy.
"There were some challenges during the season, but lately things have been going a lot better and I've been feeling a lot better offensively and defensively."
Farrell isn't focused so much on Hassan's offensive capabilities, but his ability to play multiple positions.
"With the injury, we needed another right-handed bat. The versatility is similar to Ryan's. He can play first base, but also move to the outfield. He's moved around to two corner-outfield spots and also played a handful of games at first base. It is an opportunity for him to come in and make his Major League debut."
The Red Sox's active roster seems to be a revolving door as of late, with four roster moves made in the last week.
"We know who is here today and it changes the roster," Farrell said. "We'll look to do the best we can and mix and match to put our guys in a position to succeed. We are tapping into the depth, just like we did last year."
• David Ortiz was back in the lineup for Friday night's game against the Rays. Ortiz was scratched Thursday with right calf soreness, but he pinch-hit in the eighth inning.
• The Red Sox have played in 18 games decided by one-run, which is tied for first in the American League. Boston also has 12 one-run losses, which is tied for the most in the AL.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.