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Neck issue delays Drew's return

BOSTON -- First it was his shoulder. Then it was his finger. Now J.D. Drew’s possible return from the disabled list has been put on hold again because of a neck issue.

He was originally scheduled to start swinging a bat by Friday, but he wasn’t able to because of his neck.

Drew was placed on the disabled list on July 20 due to an impingement in his left shoulder and was scheduled to be activated on Sept. 1 after a brief minor-league rehab assignment. During that stint, however, he suffered a small fracture on his right middle finger.

He threw from the outfield on Tuesday and it went well until this latest setback.

“He got a little bit of a neck problem yesterday, so we’re on hold there,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona.