ATLANTA -- Once shortstop Stephen Drew is activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he be in the starting lineup against the Braves. It will be the first game Drew has played since gruesomely breaking his right ankle while sliding into home plate on July 20, 2011.
On the eve of his return to the Major Leagues, Drew said he expects Wednesday to be a bit like making his debut again.
"You don't play for 11 months up here, it's definitely going to be getting the jitters out of the way again, like getting called up again," Drew said. "It's going to be a good time, and looking forward to getting back into the swing of things."
Drew has played in 11 Minor League games as he rehabilitated his injury. He has played three games in a row twice, and played back-to-back games at Double-A Mobile on Sunday and Monday. He said he thinks he has accomplished everything he needed to during rehab.
"There's been some good games, and some not so good," Drew said. "It's not like I can't do what I need to do. Over the course of the season I think it's just going to get better."
With Drew out, Arizona has used Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald at shortstop. Bloomquist has gotten the majority of the playing time, and is hitting .299 with a .330 on-base percentage this season. Both will move into more utility roles, which will include time at shortstop as Drew continues to adjust to playing every day again.
"I just think we can't expect him to go out there and be an everyday player," Gibson said. "At the same time, it'll be important for him after he plays [a few games in a row], he'll be a bat off the bench because we need that."