News of J.D. Drew undergoing shoulder surgery caught many by surprise, but the right fielder explained to WEEI.com that his nagging shoulder pain that forced him to receive a cortisone injection before the playoffs never lessened after the season ended.
"I went into the offseason and the last couple of weeks it?s just been wearing me out," Drew told the Web site. "Nagging, achy, and every time I reach across to grab something it was really weak."
Drew said the problem stemmed from bone-on-bone irritation that caused bone spurs that pinched his AC joint. Though he said he's in pain, the recovery is not expected to take too long.
"The turnaround time on it isn?t hardly anything," he said. "Once the swelling and the soreness goes away you?re right back to being pain free."
Drew also said that he had originally planned to deal with the pain next season and receive cortisone injections, but Dr. Thomas Gill determined surgery was the best option.