Drew takes grounders for first time post-surgery

Drew takes grounders for first time post-surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As if Stephen Drew didn't have enough to deal with, the D-backs shortstop is battling a cold that has left him with a squeaky and raspy voice.

Drew put his voice to the test Monday afternoon, when he met with the media after fielding ground balls for the first time since sustaining an injury that led to season-ending right-ankle surgery in July.

Third-base coach Matt Williams, who works with the team's infielders, hit Drew some easy grounders while standing on the pitching mound.

"Weird and good at the same time," Drew said about how he felt. "Overall, I was pretty pleased with the way it went. Today was a good day; it really was."

The D-backs plan to take things slowly with Drew and whether he takes grounders again Tuesday will depend on how he feels on Tuesday morning.

"We'll see how tomorrow goes," he said. "We have to see when I come in. That's going to be the key, how much can I do before I can't do anything and have to take two days off."

Drew has been hitting for some time now and has simulated running the bases on turf at the workout facility he utilized this offseason.

"He moved a lot better than I thought he would," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said after watching Drew take the grounders. "We'll take him slow. He's still got a long way to go for sure."