PHOENIX -- D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a lower abdomen strain and is listed as day to day. An MRI on Drew's abdomen Tuesday afternoon revealed the strain. It is unclear if he will be ready for Opening Day, but he is not headed to the disabled list.
Drew was originally removed from a game in the first inning on March 16 because of discomfort in his midsection and was scratched from the starting lineup four days ago because of soreness in the area. He went 0-for-1 with a walk Monday against the Rangers.
"It sounds like that after yesterday's game, he came in this morning and said he felt like he did four or five days ago," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said before the results were revealed. "I don't think it's anything serious, but we'll know more once we get the MRI back and he sees a specialist. If nothing shows up, it might give him more peace of mind."
Towers said Tony Abreu is probably best suited to step in at shortstop in Drew's absence. It's also possible for the club to seek an infielder from outside of the organization.