Drew still has stiffness, but ankle improving

Drew still has stiffness, but ankle improving

PHOENIX -- A day after playing three innings and legging out a double in an extended Spring Training game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew is feeling optimistic about his recovering right ankle.

"It's feeling better; we'll see. The past five days have been good," Drew said. "Do I feel it? Yeah, but the pain is starting to go down. The stiffness is still there, but I noticed about two weeks ago while getting out of bed it took me 15 minutes to warm my foot up, now it's 3-5 minutes and it feels normal. That's a good thing."

Thursday marked the first time Drew ran out of the box and on the bases during live action. Even though he was only moving at half speed, the shortstop was pleased with how his ankle responded.

"It was good to do it, I needed to see where I was at," Drew said. "I did it at 50 percent all the way there and [my ankle] wasn't an issue. Beforehand, it had bothered me."

Drew came back to Chase Field on Friday and worked out with the D-backs.

"He was just out on the field, he looks very good," Gibson said. "He's getting there, but he's not close enough. We're going to run him again tomorrow."