Report: Drew to get second opinion Monday

Are the Red Sox having second thoughts on signing J.D. Drew? They at least want a second opinion on the outfielder's physical exam results, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.

Drew is scheduled to have a second opinion Monday on a shoulder issue that came up in Drew's first exam, a source told The Globe.

"Apparently, the parties are talking about the consequences of a procedure J.D. had, that in the opinion of the doctor, was designed to help further the rehabilitation of the shoulder," said Gene Orza, chief operating officer for the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The newspaper reported that it isn't known if the issue could void Drew's deal with the Red Sox. Boston reached a preliminary agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract with Drew at the winter meetings on Dec. 5.

The shoulder issue could cause the Red Sox to shorten the length of the agreement, or replace some guarantees with incentives, The Globe reported.

The 31-year-old Drew has had injuries throughout his career, but
he played in 146 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and
hit .283 with 20 homers and a team-high 100 RBI. He became a free
agent when he opted out of the last three years of his five-year,
$55 million.

The injuries have added to negative perceptions that have
followed Drew since the Philadelphia Phillies selected him No. 2
overall in the 1997 amateur draft. He did not sign, went back into
the draft and was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals fifth overall
the next year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.