Stephen Drew of the Arizona Diamondbacks is helped off the field after he was injured attempting to score against the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Drew was injured on the play and taken out of the game. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Stephen Drew Rejoins Diamondbacks

After a long absence following a miserable injury, Stephen Drew is back in the majors, albeit not as an everyday player.

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Diamondbacks Activate Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew last played a baseball game with the Diamondbacks on July 20, 2011, and that's when this happened:

A description of the injuries that Drew sustained:

Drew suffered a spiral fracture of his right fibula and tore ligaments in his ankle when sliding into home last season on July 20 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pretty miserable. That's the sort of incident that leads to a long recovery, and Drew is only now getting back to the majors. On Wednesday, he has officially been activated from the disabled list.

Drew was recently criticized in the press by Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick for taking too long in his rehab. Drew believes he did everything he could to get back on the field as soon as possible, and he's spent the last few weeks on a minor-league rehab assignment. He'll start now for the Diamondbacks, although not every day. Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald have shared the shortstop position in 2012, and they haven't performed as poorly as you might expect.

Drew owned a 91 OPS+ at the time of his injury last season. His career OPS+ is 98, and he's considered passable in the field, although that was before he suffered a severe injury.


Stephen Drew Close To 2012 Diamondbacks Debut

Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew suffered a serious ankle injury almost a year ago, in July 2011. He had surgery and played a few games in extended spring training, and then fell off the radar.

Recently, he began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno, where he is hitting .250/.333/.531 in eight games. Now, he could be close to a return to major-league action. Adam Green:

Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf he thinks Drew will be heading home to Atlanta for a bit due to a death in the family, which lines up pretty well with the Diamondbacks’ schedule.

After all, they begin a road series against the Braves on June 26.

“We talked about maybe having him play a game or two in Mobile since we’re on the East Coast, I think our trainer was going to talk to him about that,” Towers said. “And then hopefully activate him on Wednesday.”

How convenient! The Mobile Bay Bears are the Diamondbacks’ Double-A affiliate. And all of this just a couple of weeks after D’backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick called into question Drew’s motives for taking so long to come back.

Sounds like they’re all one big happy family again now, and just when the D’backs are creeping back toward the NL West race, just a game under .500.

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