Drew hopeful for D-backs' home opener

Drew hopeful for D-backs' home opener

CHICAGO -- Stephen Drew said he is hopeful that he will be back in the lineup for Friday's home opener.

The D-backs shortstop has been bothered by an abdominal strain for a while now and has been limited to one pinch-hit at-bat so far this season. Because his status has been day to day, the D-backs have not put him on the disabled list, which essentially means they've been playing with a short bench.

"You'd prefer to have your full roster," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Stephen is obviously one of our better players. It's limiting, but we've got [other] good players."

Drew has increased his running workload in the last several days.

"I'm hopeful for Friday," he said. "I want to get back in there and get back after it."