D-backs working to overcome loss of Drew

D-backs working to overcome loss of Drew

D-backs working to overcome loss of Drew
PHOENIX -- The D-backs will likely go with a shortstop-by-committee approach as they try to fill the huge void left by the season-ending ankle injury that Stephen Drew sustained on Wednesday night.

"You're not going to replace Stephen," general manager Kevin Towers said.

To take Drew's place on the roster, the D-backs selected the contract of infielder Cody Ransom from Triple-A Reno. The 35-year-old Ransom will see time at shortstop, as will Willie Bloomquist; Ryan Roberts and Geoff Blum are also candidates for playing time.

Filling Drew's shoes will be tough, and the team also has to overcome the emotional hurdle of watching one of their most valuable players sustain a grotesque injury and knowing that they will have to make it through the next two months without him in the lineup.

Towers said that the mood in the front office on Thursday was more somber than usual and that he was at the ballpark until 2 a.m. talking to manager Kirk Gibson and his coaching staff following the injury.

"It takes time," Towers said. "It's not something you get over in a half-hour or an hour when you lose someone like him. Knowing these guys here, they'll rally together, and if anything, I think they'll find a way to find that spark and pick up the slack and hopefully do some good things over the next couple of months."