Drew's latest workout is 'encouraging'

Drew's latest workout is 'encouraging'

PHOENIX -- After moving through a rigorous workout on Saturday without any problems, D-backs injured shortstop Stephen Drew was back on the field on Monday making even further progress.

"It was encouraging," Drew said. "There's still a ways to go. I have to be able to do it day after day, but it was encouraging."

Drew dove for a ball in the hole while taking grounders, something he hadn't done since breaking his ankle last July.

"I planted on the ankle and twisted on it," he said. "It feels pretty good right now."

Drew also ran the bases at full speed for the first time. The plan for him the rest of the week is to play three times in extended spring training games at Salt River Fields.

"He's really getting after it, I think he's starting to get really hungry to get back," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's starting to feel more confidence within himself. I'm encouraged at the pace and the rate he is bouncing back. He is looking stronger. That's kind of what we've been waiting for. He's picked up the pace a lot."