Jose Iglesias is about to get a second chance to be the Red Sox’ shortstop.

It also may be his last.

Nearly two weeks after being hit in the head by a pitch, veteran shortstop Stephen Drew still is experiencing concussion symptoms, so much so that he flew yesterday to meet with Dr. Mickey Collins, a specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. With each day that passes, the odds increase that Drew will begin the season on the disabled list.

That creates another opportunity for Iglesias, the Omar Vizquel-caliber defender whose inability to prove he can hit after being called up from Triple A last September helped influence the Red Sox to sign Drew to a one-year, $9.5 million contract in the first place.

And Iglesias insists this time will be different.

“My plan last year was to learn. If I get a chance to open the season with the team, it’s a different plan,” Iglesias said yesterday before going 1-for-2 in an 8-7 loss to the Orioles. “This year, it’s about getting results, helping this team and winning some ballgames. That’s the bottom line.”

Team officials claim they have seen improvement from Iglesias, even though it isn’t reflected in his .233 average (10-for-43) or .267 on-base percentage. They say they have witnessed a more mature, confident hitter with a better overall approach to at-bats.

If that’s truly the case, it would be a stark contrast from the final month of last season. Called up on Aug. 25 — the same day the Sox made their franchise-altering trade with the Dodgers — Iglesias played almost every day and batted .118 (8-for-68) with only three extra-base hits.