Drew to see specialist if symptoms persist

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday that if shortstop Stephen Drew's concussion symptoms do not improve by the end of the day Tuesday, the club plans to send him to Pittsburgh to see Dr. Mickey Collins, Major League Baseball’s principal consultant on concussion injuries.

Drew has not been back on the field since being struck in the helmet by a pitch on March 7. His activity as of Sunday was limited to stretching and playing light catch, and Farrell said he continues to report symptoms, even when he is not engaged in any physical exertion. The only encouraging component, Farrell said, is that the symptoms have not worsened when he is engaged in physical testing, though it remains an unknown how he would respond to playing again.

Designated hitter David Ortiz, meanwhile, did not take batting practice Monday, 10 days since he underwent MRI exams on both heels and the club said he would be shut down for 5-7 days.

“He’s not going to swing the bat today,’’ Farrell said. “He’s still not feeling like he’s ready to begin that next phase. That’s where we’re at right now.’’

The Sox wanted to see how Ortiz responded to anti-inflammatory medication and other treatment when they shut him down.

“To what extent is there progress being made?’’ Farrell said. “Some, but not to the point where obviously he’s ready to take some swings.’’