Drew to appear in extended spring game

Drew to appear in extended spring game

Drew to appear in extended spring game
SAN DIEGO -- Injured shortstop Stephen Drew is scheduled to see his first game action since last July on Thursday when he plays in an extended spring game.

Drew, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury on July 20, made steady progress throughout Spring Training and if he feels good Thursday he will get four at-bats in the extended spring game and possibly play an inning on defense.

The extended spring games are a very controlled environment where innings can be ended at any time and the same hitter can lead off every inning if he needs to get in extra work.

Drew will jog lightly out of the batter's box and will not be doing a lot of running on the bases.

"We have a pretty good idea how to get him to a good spot," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's been preparing to play in a game."

Another injured D-backs player that is scheduled to see game action this week is reliever Takashi Saito.

Saito was placed on the disabled list last week with a strained right calf. He is slated to pitch in an extended spring game Friday.

Saito is eligible to come off the DL on Monday, but may need more time. The added time would just be to help Saito get comfortable covering first base and fielding his position not to build up arm strength.

"He really didn't lose a lot with his arm through the whole process," Gibson said. "He continued to throw through the whole ordeal."