Arizona star Stephen Drew is out for the entire season, following his recent injury to his right ankle.
The shortstop broke his right ankle while trying to slide to the home plate in the fourth innings of the Wednesday night match against Milwaukee Brewers.
It seems that the player, in his late twenties, will now have undergo a corrective operation and will play no part of the remainder of the season. The operation is expected to step-up the recovery time the injury normally would take. However, no time-line has yet been given to his return to the pitch. This was bad news for Arizona boss Kirk Gibson, who was disgruntled by the situation.
"We know how important Stephen is but if you have been around the game for a while it happens," stated the coach.
"It is fairly common that you are going to lose star players. You hope it doesn't happen to you. We now know what the Giants are feeling (with their loss of Buster Posey). We are in a similar situation and we need to find a way to get through it. Nothing we can do about it. We wish him well, just hope he has a good recovery and he resumes his career next year," added Arizona boss Kirk Gibson.
The injury occurred while Drew was trying to score from the second base. Chris Young tried to double to the left field. This led to Drew sliding toward home base, but instead he slid into Milwaukee player Jonathan Lucroy. The clash led to Stephen Drew losing his balance and crushed the ankle with his own body weight. The medics were rushed to the scene as the player was withering in pain.
It is now expected that reserve player Willie Bloomquist will be drafted into the starting line-up, replacing the injured Drew. The injured shortstop was on a role this season, as he was hitting .252 this season, along with 5 home runs. The player had made only seven errors and had a 0.980 fielding percentage, with 45 RBIs.
“He's a huge part of this team. We're going to have to find a way to pick up the slack, and I'm going to have to figure out a way to elevate and do things a little bit sharper and a little bit better,” stated Willie Bloomquist regarding his injured colleague.