Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe tries to bring everyone up to speed on whether or not JD Drew's bat speed is going to decrease because of a shoulder condition.
In September 2005, while in his first season with the Dodgers, Drew underwent surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder that at the time was described as minor in nature. Paul DePodesta, who was the Dodgers' GM at the time, was quoted as saying the club was aware he had an "arthritic shoulder" before signing him to a five-year, $55 million deal before the '05 season.
DePodesta, who was fired by the Dodgers after the '05 season and is now with the San Diego Padres, said yesterday he is legally prohibited from commenting on his time with the Dodgers. Just before surgery, Drew said of his shoulder condition: "When I throw balls to the plate, I get a little burn in the back of my shoulder. I've been feeling that for a couple of years, and it's been gradually getting worse."