The first step of Stephen Drew's recovery came Thursday when the Arizona shortstop underwent surgery in Phoenix less than 24 hours after breaking his right ankle in a grotesque play when he was sliding into home plate during a game against the Brewers.
Though Drew is expected to miss the rest of the season, the news was a little brighter Thursday as doctors said they expect a full recovery.
According to a statement from Diamondbacks physician Dr. Michael Lee: "Stephen Drew underwent orthopedic surgery in Phoenix this afternoon to repair a severe right ankle injury he suffered yesterday. Dr. Peter Mitchell MD performed internal plating to the fibula bone and repair of the ligaments torn as his cleats caught the ground twisting the ankle awkwardly. All went as expected, and we are optimistic for a full recovery.”
Meantime, infielder Cody Ransom joined the Diamondbacks on Thursday after being summoned from Triple-A Reno to replace Drew on the roster. Ransom was hitting .331 for Reno with 26 homers, 28 doubles, three triples and 89 RBI in 92 games.