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Drew impresses in pregame workout

Drew impresses in pregame workout

Drew impresses in pregame workout
PHOENIX -- A pair of injured D-backs worked out Monday, but it's still unclear when either will return from the disabled list.

Shortstop Stephen Drew, recovering from July's broken ankle, took grounders at Chase Field and participated in batting practice. Reliever Takashi Saito, sidelined since start the season because of a nagging calf, threw in a short session.

"It's going good," Drew said. "I'm trying not to press too much, but I'm making progress."

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While the D-backs were on the road in San Diego and Colorado last week, Drew played in extended spring training games at Salt River Fields. He took Sunday off and returned to rehabbing on Monday.

There's still no timetable for Drew's return, but he's starting to look like his old self, turning heads from the dugout.

"He looked phenomenal. You go out there, watch him and go, 'Wow, he's close to playing,'" manager Kirk Gibson said. "The problem is when he sits down. ... He can't go out there, do it, then sit down for a 20-25-minute inning and do it again. He's not as far along as you'd hope he'd be, but he's doing quite well."

Saito's progress is more tangible. He could join the team sometime this homestand.

"He's healthy," Gibson said. "I think he threw 13 pitches today. I'm not worried about his arm, I'm worried about him covering bases. You need to get them up to speed, it's a little different here than where he's been."

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