PHOENIX -- A day after injured D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew batted 2-for-5 with a home run in a Triple-A game in Tucson, manager Kirk Gibson started to plan for the 29-year-old's return.
"Today was the first day I started thinking about it a little bit, I generally think things through a few times," Gibson said. "I had a conversation today on the way in about it. There are many different scenarios. You have to see how often he can play and how he's moving around."
In the short term, Drew will stay with Triple-A Reno when they travel to Colorado for another series. He will likely play again Monday.
"It's a matter how long he can play, what level and at what intensity," Gibson said. "Just have to keep playing."
More than just success at the plate (3-for-9 with two RBIs and two runs scored in two games), Gibson has been getting good reports on Drew's defense as well.
"I know he's made some exceptional plays already," Gibson said. "We know he can swing the bat. He's Stephen Drew; he's a very good ballplayer."
When Drew finally does make it back with the big league club, Gibson will face the challenge of fitting him in along with Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald, who have both performed well in Drew's absence.
"I don't know how that affects the other guys. It's going to be interesting to see how I keep everyone involved," Gibson said. "I'm going to rotate everybody. We try to keep everyone involved. We have a good club with a lot of good players. The guys on the bench are darn good players and good guys in the clubhouse."