Drew looks 'outstanding' so far

Drew looks 'outstanding' so far

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Stephen Drew did not take grounders on Friday, but he did hit on the field for the first time this spring.

"He's been outstanding," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said. "We knew that he was going to need some recovery time between sessions out there, but he's probably ahead of the game, I think, when it comes to range. He's planting well, I thought that might be an issue, but it hasn't been. Release, transition, everything looks -- like the old Stephen Drew."

The one thing that Drew still has some trouble with is stopping quickly once he gets moving. But so far, he has experienced no setbacks in his recovery from last July's ankle surgery.

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said the club does not have a deadline for when Drew must be able to perform certain tasks in order to be ready for Opening Day. The team simply wants to make sure that when he does get into a spring game, he is ready.

"He's got to listen to his body," Towers said. "That really shouldn't be our decision, it's his decision. He's going to know how he feels much more than we do, and he's just got to be honest and forthright with where he's at and not push it too hard. It's a long season. The last thing you want is a guy to go out there just to play, and he doesn't feel he's ready yet."