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  • BASEBALL

    Drew trying to restart his career

  • BOSTON — Stephen Drew is moving to Boston to restart what once looked like a promising career.
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  • BOSTON — Stephen Drew is moving to Boston to restart what once looked like a promising career.
    The former first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks was derailed by a serious ankle injury in 2011. He was traded last season to Oakland after returning from the injury and agreed to $9.5-million, one-year contract to pay with the Red Sox in 2013.
    His older brother, J.D., played five seasons with the Red Sox and earned a World Series title with Boston in 2007.
    That year, as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Stephen Drew was playing his first full season in the majors and just missed facing his brother in the World Series when the Colorado Rockies swept his team for the National League title before losing to the Red Sox.
    "Playing in a big series— Boston and the Yankees — will be different," Drew said in a conference call with the media on Thursday. "He's talked to me about things like that. It's a little bigger market than Arizona. The '07 the World Series, we were pretty close to playing Boston and that would have been pretty neat. It worked out the best for him and for the Red Sox."
    Coming back after a fractured right ankle on a collision at home plate that had him sideline from mid-July until late June of last season, Drew hit .193 in 39 games with two homers and 12 RBIs with the Diamondbacks until he was dealt to Oakland, where he played the final 40 games batting .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs.
    "Going through it gets kind of crazy," he said. "I put a lot of hard work and dedication into the rehab process not knowing if I was going to ever play baseball again or not."
    Before the injury, Drew played 135 games or more in four straight years with Arizona.
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