The object of Red’s affection, Amalie Benjamin, is reporting that J.D. Drew was sent back to Boston to get an injection in his lower back.

“The reason we did it was kind of — I want to explain this right — kind of precautionary,” Francona said. “We have some time right now because it’s so early in March, and J.D., through getting looked at by some different people, though this could be a benefit to him. If it worked, we think we thought OK, good. If it didn’t seem to do anything, OK, well it’s March 3 or March 2.

“I just think we kind of did to, if we run into a problem later this year, maybe we know a little bit quicker where to go.”

That sounds like a truckload of high grade bullshit. Is there anyone in Red Sox Nation who didn’t expect this? After back-to-back 140-plus games-played seasons in ’06 and ’07, Drew only managed to suit up 109 times last year.

Let’s hope Rocco is ready to go…