Red Sox will Start Stephen Drew Out in Class A

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox are eager to get newly-signed shortstop Stephen Drew into their lineup, but they'll start him out in Class A Greenville Drive as he gets into game shape.

Drew signed with the team earlier this week because he coudln't find a team willing to take on the draft compensation or his high salary, so now he's back with the Red Sox.

The Red Sox plan for now is to start Drew for two games at shortstop, and DH for another. Once they see how he performs, they'll promote him to Doulbe-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket.

Known primarily for his work with a glove, the 31-year-old Drew had a nice offensive season in 2013 for the Red Sox. In 124 games, Drew batted .253 with 13 home runs and also drove in 67 runs.

The Red Sox will take help any way they can get it. After winning the World Series last season, the team has struggled to regain their championship form.

Through 47 games, the team is fourth in the AL East a 20-27.

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