The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday placed pitcher John Lackey on the disabled list with a right biceps strain and, as expected, activated shortstop Stephen Drew, optioning 23-year-old Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a spot.
The Lackey move was made retroactively to April 7, meaning he can return anytime after April 22. The Red Sox recalled right-handed reliever Alex Wilson from Pawtucket to take his place on the roster. Lackey left his first start after Tommy John surgery with the strained biceps Saturday in Toronto. A subsequent MRI revealed no tear, which greatly reduced the time the 34-year-old Lackey will be on the shelf.
The 30-year-old Drew is set to make his Red Sox debut Wednesday night. Signed in the offseason, Drew suffered a concussion on March 7 after being hit on the helmet with a pitch and was placed on the 7-day DL. He is coming off a four-game rehab assignment with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, during which he was 2-for-13 (.154) with a double and a homer.
Iglesias was hitting .450 (9-for-20) for the Red Sox so far this season and has played impeccable defense at shortstop. The Red Sox have been adamant all along that Drew’s starting spot was not in jeopardy.