Drew goes through grueling running workout

Drew goes through grueling running workout

PHOENIX -- There's still no timetable for D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew's return from his broken ankle, but you wouldn't be able to tell that from watching him work out.

Drew, who was injured July 20 last season, went through a rigorous rehab session on Saturday at Chase Field, running longer and harder than he had done before in his healing process.

"Stephen was awesome. I watched his whole workout for about an hour, and I'd invite any of you guys to try it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's in great shape. He was getting his butt kicked."

Before taking ground balls, Drew ran the bases extensively for the first time.

"He ran five or six first-to-thirds and he ran two first-to-homes," Gibson said. "He's getting better. He couldn't do that very long ago."

The shortstop still isn't sliding yet, the act that caused his injury, but Gibson said, "It's coming."

The biggest hurdle for Drew remaining is training the ankle to stay loose in between innings when he does start playing again.

"We're going to start doing his program, then making him sit, then make him do it again," Gibson said. "He's getting closer, though."