(NEW YORK) — After a long and frustrating rehab process, shortstop Stephen Drew is finally ready to make his return to the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup.
Drew hasn’t played with the team in about 11 months after recovering from ankle surgery. Team general manager Kevin Towers told Arizona Sports Radio 620 that Drew could be ready to go as soon as this Wednesday. Earlier this month, Drew started his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno.
While at Triple-A, Drew hit .250 with two home runs and five runs batted in. Over time, he was eased into the lineup, but the team feels confident that he is able to contribute to the big league lineup. Manager Kurt Gibson suggested that the team will ease Drew into the everyday lineup and give him rest on a regular basis starting out.
The 29-year-old Drew has spent the past six seasons with Diamondbacks. In 2011, he played in just 86 games and hit .252 with five home runs and 45 runs batted in.
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