D-backs' Drew: Spring training starts now
"Overall, it was good," he said. "It was good to be back out there."
Drew started the game on defense, turning a double play to end the first inning.
Then, after the fifth hitter of the game, Drew grabbed his bat and put his helmet on. He struck out in his first plate appearance before singling through the right side. In his next two at-bats, he grounded out to second and flied out to left before calling it a day after two innings.
Drew had seen live pitching before, but this was the first time he's run -- albeit, lightly -- out of the batter's box and reacted to foul balls both at the plate and in the field.
"The foul ball, [the ankle] felt normal," he said. "It definitely is a little different when you haven't done it in nine months."
Drew continues to make good progress, but he has not yet run the bases in a game situation (he was pulled for a pinch-runner after the single).
"The trainers have been good. It's kind of like my spring training now, go through this process and figure out what's next.
"I wish I could tell you guys I have a timetable," Drew continued. "Every day it's gotten better. Six weeks ago when I started spring training I couldn't do the stuff I can do now. That's the way I look at it.
"It's definitely a slow process but at least I haven't had any setbacks."
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