Saturday, March 22, 2008

Stephen Drew's Poor Camp Continues

Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew returned to action Friday after sitting out due to a knot in his right calf, made contact with three grounders as the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 9-8, but once again failed to reach base as his average fell to .187.

Drew -- brother of oft-injured Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew --has suffered a variety of ailments during the preseason, beginning with a knee injury in January, flu-like symptoms in February, and removal of his wisdom teeth in March. Last year Drew was hampered by a bruised leg, a sore back and a hamstring pull, though he managed to appear in 150 games while batting .238.

Drew, 25, was the 15th overall player taken in the 2004 draft but has yet to realize the potential scouts have projected for him.