The Nationals placed Drew on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with vertigo-like symptoms, Dan Kolko of MASN reports. Drew has apparently been ill for about a week and was only showing minimal improvement, so the Nationals decided to deactivate him and send him back to Washington for further evaluation. Wilmer Difo was called up to take Drew's place on the roster.
Drew (illness) went 1-for-3 with a pinch-hit, game-winning RBI triple in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Padres. The veteran stepped into the batter's box with Anthony Rendon on first in the bottom of the ninth, and smacked a triple to deep center to send the Nationals home victors. Drew has a modest three-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in five of the last seven games. The 33-year-old is now slashing .262/.319/.553 over 103 at-bats as part of a platoon this season.
Drew was unavailable for Tuesday's game due to an illness, MASN Sports' Mark Zuckerman reports. It is apparently the same illness that has kept Anthony Rendon out for the past three days, so Drew may require a couple more days to get right. Meanwhile Trea Turner has been starting at second base while Daniel Murphy has been starting at the hot corner. That setup should continue until Rendon and Drew are both healthy.
Drew got the start at second base Saturday and went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two runs scored. Despite Trea Turner's presence on the roster, Nats manager Dusty Baker went with the veteran hand to replace Daniel Murphy (hamstring) at second base Saturday and was rewarded for his faith in Drew. It's his first multi-hit game since June 10 though, so don't expect a repeat performance even if he gets the nod again Sunday.
Drew went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 9-6 victory over the Phillies. The veteran infielder went deep for the second consecutive game, and also put his second straight two-hit effort. Drew now has exactly four of his season RBI total (10) during June, and is also hitting .500 over his first 10 at-bats of the month. While the recent success is certainly welcome, the 33-year-old still has a ways to go to climb back to respectability, as he's still hitting .226 on the season over 62 at-bats.