Drew happy with way ankle is responding

Drew happy with way ankle is responding

CHICAGO -- Stephen Drew is beginning to heat up at the plate, but more importantly, his surgically-repaired right ankle seems to be holding up just fine.

Drew missed the final two-plus months of the 2011 season after fracturing the ankle, and he did not return to action until June 27 this year.

"The ankle is doing well and I haven't had any problems, so it's come along well," Drew said.

On the team's homestand before the break, Drew was 3-for-13 (.231), but felt he was swinging the bat better than the results indicated.

In his first two games of this series with the Cubs, he was 3-for-7 (.429) with a pair of doubles. Manager Kirk Gibson put him in the cleanup spot for Sunday's finale.

"Just trying to get in good counts and good situations to drive the ball," Drew said. "At home I didn't have nothing to show for it, but I felt like I was having good plate appearances and hitting the ball good, so that's all you can do. You can't worry about the outcome, even though it gets a little frustrating when you're hitting the ball good and they get caught."