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