FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is still experiencing symptoms from the mild concussion he sustained on Thursday, and was again out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Orioles.
"He's improved over yesterday," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He went through some bike tests today, where you get him just to exert the heart rate and see if it creates any more of the concussion symptoms. While there were some at the very end, the last sprint that he did on the bike, he is definitely improved over a day ago. What this means going forward, obviously he's day to day. But the improvement is very encouraging."
Drew, who was hit by a pitch from Twins right-hander Caleb Thielbar on the "B" of his batting helmet on Thursday, said this is his first time experiencing a concussion.
"It just squared me up really good," said Drew. "Going through the game, I had no symptoms. I played two or three more innings after that. Went home, was just watching TV, icing my foot and I started getting a headache. That's when the symptoms were coming on, which is probably four hours after.
"I was trying to do some reading and some light blurriness came in the next day. The trainers came in and treated it as a slight concussion. That's where we're at now. We're kind of letting it lay low. I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday. I have more energy and I'm not as tired."
Knowing that there are still more than three weeks before the season starts, Drew will let the trainers be his guide for the next few days.
"I don't know what the next step is. Tomorrow we'll come in, they'll do some more tests, and we'll go from there," Drew said. "I know yesterday I was more out of it than I am today. They're looking at all the symptoms. We've got three weeks before the season starts, so we don't really need to rush into things and get those symptoms back. That's what they're watching out for."
Doubront pleased with second outing
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Lefty Felix Doubront admits that in his Grapefruit League debut he was thinking more about his previously ailing shoulder than his pitches. But as he took the mound for his second start on Saturday night, Doubront was fully confident in his health and just focused on pitching.
He struck out five Orioles over three innings, though he also gave up four hits and two runs.
"I felt good," Doubront said. "I felt better than the last one before. I'm not too far from being completely 100 percent."
Doubront had weakness in his shoulder at the start of camp, which put him on a delayed schedule. But he is over that now.
"Like today, my focus was on the game and I just pitched," Doubront said. "That was my goal for today. I'm happy."
Hanrahan finds groove against Orioles
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan produced the clean outing he had been looking for on Saturday night against the Orioles, powering through a 1-2-3 inning that included two strikeouts.
For Hanrahan, it was a good feeling after giving up runs in each of his first four Grapefruit League outings.
"No doubt," Hanrahan said. "It's always nice to have a clean inning. It is Spring Training and we're still working on things, but to be able to go out there, especially after the last two outings where I didn't finish my inning, just to be able to finish my inning was pretty exciting."
The timing couldn't have been better. Hanrahan will fly back to Boston on Sunday so he can be there for the birth of his first child -- a boy. He will return to camp on Thursday.
"I'm really excited," Hanrahan said. "This is a day I've been waiting for for a long time. I don't really know how to explain it. I'll get a chance to meet my son that's been growing for nine months. I have a feeling the emotions will hit me a little more tomorrow when I get on that plane."