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Stephen Drew to hit in extended spring game

Apr 11, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

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Stephen Drew, who is making his way back from a fractured ankle, will take a step forward on Thursday, hitting in an extended spring training game.

The plan is for Drew to take four at-bats in the game and run lightly out of the box if he puts the ball in play, manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Drew is still likely at least a couple of weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment even without any setbacks, and there’s not much chance that he’ll see any action for the Diamondbacks this month. Still, all of the reports since spring training began have been favorable, though it’s helped that the Diamondbacks have insisted on bringing him along slowly.

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