SAN FRANCISCO -- Stephen Drew played in an extended spring game Wednesday and could step up his rehab efforts soon.
Drew will take Thursday as a recovery day and the plan is then for him to play nine innings in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. That would mark a big step in Drew's recovery as he has yet to play back-to-back nine-inning games.
Drew is recovering from last year's season-ending ankle injury that he suffered while sliding into home plate July 20.
The D-backs had been hopeful that Drew could start a rehab assignment 10 days ago, but lingering soreness prevented that from happening.