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Stephen Drew on return timetable from broken ankle: “It’s a slow process”

Mar 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Stephen Drew was never expected to make it back from his broken ankle by Opening Day, but with the season starting next week there’s still no timetable for his return.

Drew, who fractured his ankle and tore multiple ligaments in July, told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that his recovery “is a slow process” and described himself as running at about “80 percent.”

Being a shortstop likely delays Drew’s return because he can’t function well enough to really help the Diamondbacks if his mobility is at all limited. Asked when he might be ready, Drew said: “It’s too hard to say with this kind of injury. I don’t have an idea. You can’t look that far ahead, you can only take it day by day, just see where you’re at.”

In other words, it’s going to be a while.

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