RENO, Nev.—Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew is scheduled to join the Reno Aces on Thursday night to begin his Major League Rehabilitation Assignment, the organization announced today.
Drew suffered a season-ending fractured right ankle on a slide into home plate on July 20, 2011, and he has remained on Arizona’s Disabled List since. After participating in extended-spring training games, Drew is set to join the Aces on Thursday night for the club’s series opener at Tucson’s Kino Stadium.
The 29-year-old Georgia native entered the 2012 season among Arizona’s all-time leaders in triples (1st), doubles (3rd), hits (3rd), games (4th), runs (5th), RBIs (6th) and home runs (9th). The D-backs’ first-round selection in the 2005 draft, Drew is a .270 career Major League hitter with 70 home runs and 321 RBIs.
This will be Drew’s second stint with the Aces. In 2009, he appeared in two games with Reno, rehabbing a strained left hamstring.
Previously this season, outfielder Chris Young and right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson made Major League Rehabilitation appearances for the Aces. Drew will join relief pitcher Takashi Saito, who began his rehab stint with Reno on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Drew and the Aces kick-off a four-game series against the Tucson Padres Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. PT. Reno returns home on Thursday, June 14. Tickets are on-sale now at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.