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Stephen Drew acknowledges he may miss start of season

Mar 1, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew had his 2011 season cut short in late July after suffering a fractured right ankle while sliding into home plate.

And he’s still battling the injury here in March.

According to MLB.com beat man Steve Gilbert, Drew is “nowhere near the point in his recovery” where he is ready to appear in Cactus League games and could land on the 15-day disabled list when the 2012 regular season opens in early April.

“The doctor said it was going to be a year process, and now I’m at month seven,” Drew acknowledged Thursday in D’Backs camp. “Flexibility is back to normal. Now I just have to get the strength back. … The coaching staff has been really good. The training staff is really good. We’re taking it one day at a time and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

The 28-year-old had a .713 OPS, five homers and 45 RBI in 86 games last year before the ankle fracture. John McDonald and Willie Bloomquist would fill in at short in the early going if Drew is indeed unavailable.

  1. stinkfist5 - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Didn’t he say this a few weeks ago?

  2. aceshigh11 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    He’s apparently intent on keeping the injury-prone legacy of the Drew family intact.

    Too soon?

  3. makeham98 - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    JD went on the DL for boo-boos. Stephen actually got injured.

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