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Stephen Drew fractures right ankle, surgery likely

Jul 20, 2011, 11:42 PM EDT

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Awful news tonight out of the desert.

According to the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter feed, shortstop Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and is likely to undergo surgery. He could miss the rest of the 2011 season.

Drew suffered the injury while sliding into home plate during Wednesday night’s game against the Brewers. His right leg got caught under his own body just before he made contact with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who applied a tag to Drew’s torso. Drew had to be carried off the field by two trainers and was unable to put any pressure on the ankle.

You can view the gruesome video HERE.

The Diamondbacks are making arrangements to promote 35-year-old Cody Ransom from Triple-A Reno. The journeyman infielder has registered a fantastic 1.060 OPS, 25 home runs and 86 RBI in 91 games this season for the Aces while playing second base, third base and shortstop. He’s unlikely to match that level of production in the big leagues, but he may ease the pain of Drew’s loss if he can come close.

The D’Backs are currently four games back of the Giants in the National League West standings.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Tough year for Florida State ankles in the majors. Posey and Drew both break them in plays at the plate. A dangerous play, whether you slide or not.

  2. Ari Collins - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    I didn’t know the Giants’ deal with the Run Differential Devil included voodoo dolls.

  3. dailyrev - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    That was tough to watch, reminded me of that old Redskins QB who got hit by LT (my memory’s weak but I’m sure someone remembers the name). See a joint turn 180 from where it’s supposed to go…

    • Brian Murphy - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:27 AM

      Joe Theismann. I haven’t seen the video of Drew’s injury, but if it’s close to that, it’ll be ingrained in my memory forever.

      • ahealthyscratch - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:31 AM

        Yeah, I haven’t seen it either, but if it is seriously like Theismann I won’t be interested in seeing it.

        Worst I have seen as it happened was McGahee knee in the Ohio State/Miami BCS championship game.

    • nolanwiffle - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      On a positive note….it did usher in the “Jay Schroeder Era”.

  4. jimbo1949 - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Next play, Carlos Gomez makes a diving catch and fractures his left clavicle.

  5. Brian Murphy - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    OK, just watched it, because these things always pique my interest. At real speed, you can’t really tell what happened, and even the Diamondbacks broadcasters think that the injury is to his left shin, which gets kicked by the catcher.

    That is until the final view seconds of the video. Look at his right foot. It gets trapped underneath Drew’s left leg as he slides. As he comes to a stop, there’s a quick glimpse of the ankle turned completely upside down (with the cleats facing out, but with the heel pointing to the sky.

    It’s not as gruesome as Theismann, whose leg broke in multiple places. But if you don’t like seeing inverted ankles, you probably shouldn’t watch.

  6. bigleagues - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    With brother J.D.’s career winding down, I guess Steven decided it was time to pick up the slack and hit – the D.L. – more often.

  7. StottsEra - Jul 21, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    can we talk about how if he barreled into the catcher he would be fine ?

  8. foreverchipper10 - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Does anyone remember years ago when Jason Kendall was stil a Pirate and broke his ankle on first base? It was like, hanging on by a tendon. I still shudder when I think about it.

  9. psousa1 - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Drew reached second base? Oh wait, it’s Stephen not JD.

  10. psousa1 - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Does anyone remember when Robin Ventura fractured/dislocated his ankle sliding into home against Boston? That was as equally gruesome. The front of his foot was completely pointed in the opposite direction. It looked like someone trying to put a shoe on backwards. The camera caught Frank Thomas vomiting right on the field. That, Theismann and Bobby Valentine were the 3 worst I have ever seen on a field. Ventura played again the other couldn’t make it back.

  11. footdronline - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Stephen Drew SS for the Diamondbacks underwent ankle fracture surgery:

  12. footdronline - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Stephen Drew SS for the Diamondbacks underwent ankle fracture surgery:

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