Medical staff working with Drew on next step

Medical staff working with Drew on next step

Medical staff working with Drew on next step
PHOENIX -- The D-backs medical staff, along with manager Kirk Gibson and GM Kevin Towers, sat down with injured shortstop Stephen Drew on Tuesday to discuss his progress and what the next steps will be.

Drew, who ran the bases for the first time recently, will start the year on the disabled list as a result of the ankle injury he suffered last July that required major surgery.

While he has taken a lot of grounders this spring, Drew has yet to take them in a game, so he hasn't had to go through the pre-pitch motions associated with getting ready, so that will be something they incorporate into his drills.

After that, they will send him over to extended Spring Training, where he may initially get one at-bat with light running, no sliding and an inning or two of defense.

Right now, the only part of the ankle that is causing an issue is the joint. Drew injured three ligaments and broke a bone while sliding into home plate.

"The ligament and the tendons [are] great, the bone has healed, everything's solid there," Gibson said. "Just in the joint sometimes he gets inflammation as he goes on and he gets sore. We know how right now we can take him and have a good day and we know how to put him into a bad day. If we do some high-intensity running and curves like that, we know he's going to be sore the next day.

"So the goal is that we can get him doing baseball activities where he's recovering quicker. So we don't have a timetable, but we're going to kind of segue into different activities for Stephen."