MLB Notes: Drew heads for minor league assignment

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew fields the ball in the second inning against the Toronto Blue...

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew fields the ball in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League East baseball game in Boston, Massachusetts, September 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Dominick Reuter)

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Shortstop Stephen Drew cleared waivers on Friday and was sent him to Class A Greenville after he re-signed with the Boston Red Sox this week.

Drew, who rejected a contract offer during the offseason before accepting a prorated share of a $14.1 million qualifying offer on Tuesday, is expected to be in the minor leagues about 10 days before he returns to the majors.

Boston manager John Farrell told reporters that Drew would be with Greenville for four days before going to Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox want Drew to get back into the swing of things with about 25 at-bats.

During the Red Sox's World Series season in 2013, Drew batted .253 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs in 124 games.

REYNOLDS GETS BIG BAN

Major League Baseball announced Friday that Atlanta Braves minor league second baseman Mikey Reynolds received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Methylphenidate, a performance-enhancing substance.

The positive test violates the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Reynolds is currently on the roster of the Single-A Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League. His suspension is effective immediately.

Braves minor leaguer Reynolds suspended

MAXWELL ACCEPTS ASSIGNMENT

Justin Maxwell has cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to triple-A Omaha.

The outfield was designated for assignment last week.

It has been a tough go this season for Maxwell, as he impressed the Royals after they had acquired him from the Houston Astros at the deadline last season.

Since then he has put together a mere .138/ .219/ .172 line in 32 appearances at the plate this season.

LATOS CLEARED

Mat Latos is getting ready for the Reds.

Latos hasn’t pitched a game all season for the Cincinnati Reds because of a knee injury he sustained during spring training.

The pitcher is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Sunday in triple-A.

Latos is set to throw 50-60 pitches for Louisville, and will likely make at least two to three rehab starts before he’ll come off the disabled list.

He originally hoped to return in mid- May but it’s looking more like early June, according to MLB.com.

Latos injured his arm on April 11 during a throwing program as part of the rehab for his knee injury.

 


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