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Dizziness keeping Stephen Drew out of Yankees lineup


Sunday, September 27, 2015, 10:27 PM

Stephen Drew reveals he has been dealing with dizziness the last two weeks.Bryan R. Smith /Bryan R. Smith

Stephen Drew seemed like he disappeared from the Yankee depth chart and he and the club revealed why Sunday — the infielder has been dealing with dizziness that he says has been going on for two-and-a-half weeks.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Drew said after the Yanks’ 6-1 victory over the White Sox. “It’s been awhile.”

At one point, Drew said it was “maybe an inner-ear infection.” But he also noted he and team doctors are “trying to pinpoint” the problem.

Drew also has had a concussion test — he had a concussion with Boston in 2013. “I haven’t seen the results,” he said, “but I think that’s going to be OK. It’s more or less the inner ear, trying to get my balance back and the dizziness going away.”


Here’s how bad it’s been: Drew described his need to concentrate when he plays as “times 10” of how he normally concentrates.

“Like I told (the team), it’s not like I don’t want to go,” Drew added. “But at the same time, it’s not fair to me and it’s not fair to them. We’re just trying to do as much as we can to get this dizziness and off-balance feel I have over with.”

Drew has only played three times since Sept. 16, but none of those were starts. Dustin Ackley has emerged as a lefty-hitting option at second and righty-hitting prospect Rob Refsnyder has gotten some recent chances against lefties. Joe Girardi said Refsnyder will start again Monday against Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.

It’s unclear what the ailment does to Drew’s shot to be a postseason factor. When asked if he still considered Drew a top option at second, Girardi hedged, saying, “It’s hard to say.

“We haven’t seen him play for the last 10 days because he hasn’t felt good. It’s just something we’re dealing with.”

Drew, meanwhile, waits for the dizziness to dissipate and tries to deal with the resulting frustration. It’s all part of what has been a strange season for him — he’s batting only .201 with a .271 on-base percentage, but he has 17 home runs, too.

He says he’s taken BP and grounders recently. The last time he played was last Tuesday in Toronto — an inning of defense.

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