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Stephen Drew heading to Triple-A Reno for rehab

The next step in Stephen Drew’s recovery is about to
commence.

Drew, who has not played this season after breaking an
ankle late last year, will be joining Triple-A Reno for a
minor league rehab assignment.

“With extended he’s afforded more latitude in preparing
for the game and in a game, now he’s going into games,” D-
backs manager Kirk Gibson said Monday. “He’s going to play
a game. He’s not going to lead off every inning, he can’t
be jogging down to the base. He’s going to be playing in a
competitive game.”

Drew can be on a rehab assignment for a maximum of 20 days
unless both he and the team agree to extend the stay,
meaning it’s possible — if all goes well — that Drew
could return to the D-backs by the end of the month.

But as of now, there is no timetable for how long the
shortstop will be in the minors.

“He’s had a substantial injury,” Gibson said, adding that
there is nothing that says Drew has to be in Reno for the
full 20 game stint.

Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this
report