PHOENIX -- Injured D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew played nine innings on May 15 in an extended spring training game, but when he tried to do it again two days later, soreness returned to his healing ankle.
Before his ankle began acting up again, the club was planning Drew's Minor League assignment schedule. Now the 29-year-old is back to building up his innings count and taking things slower.
"It was good for six innings, after that it started to feel itself," Drew said of Thursday's game. "It's nothing unusual. It's not a setback or anything, we kind of knew that all along. When that discomfort starts to go away, keep playing more and more. I'm not looking for 100 percent. The only time you're 100 percent is Day 1 in Spring Training."
Drew last played in a game Saturday and lasted four innings against the Cubs. He went 1-for-2 with a double.
"Overall it's done well; I'm pleased with where it's at," Drew said of his ankle. "It's been a long go at it, but hopefully not much longer. I haven't built up innings. Once I get over that, the next step will be two games back to back then hopefully go on that rehab assignment."