Drew testing ankle with three more Triple-A games

Drew testing ankle with three more Triple-A games

PHOENIX -- Rehabbing shortstop Stephen Drew will begin a second stretch of three straight starts for Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

Drew played three straight days for the Aces leading up to Saturday and came out of that stretch feeling good about his healing ankle.

"He wants to do it again to see if it's the same," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "When he does something the first time, it's new but if he does it again, it gets better."

Through his first six games with Reno, Drew is 7-for-24 with a homer and two RBIs. He took Sunday and Monday off before batting third for the Aces on Tuesday.

"He feels pretty good, he does a lot of work in between to help him rebound," Gibson said. "We just evaluate and see what Stephen is comfortable with."

On the other hand, reliever Takashi Saito's rehab process was put on hold due to illness.

Saito is unavailable to pitch because he is battling a virus. In 2 2/3 innings at Triple-A, the veteran has allowed seven hits and three earned runs.