PHOENIX -- Injured D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew cleared a major hurdle on his road to recovery on Saturday when he slid for the first time since breaking his ankle in a game last July.
Drew slid six times on a mat and three more times on the field. He said he felt fine afterward.
"It felt normal so that's a good thing," he said. "Things have been going really good. I have had not had a really major setback and that's a good thing."
Drew, who played six innings Thursday in an extended spring training game, said he is looking forward to playing in consecutive games and sliding in a game. He wants "to build up innings."
"It's a big step," Drew said. "It's been a long road, but hopefully, I'll be out there pretty soon."
Drew's sense of humor has remained intact.
"His first slide into the mat, he was jerking me around and he slid headfirst," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He knew we were all out there to see him. Then he slid five or six times. You are looking for acceleration. You can tell mentally that he was prepared to do it."