The 33-year-old utility man posted a solid season with the Nationals in 2016, slashing .266/.339/.524 in 165 plate appearances. With MVP finalist Daniel Murphy holding down second base for Washington, Stephen Drew mainly offered infield depth off the bench for manager Dusty Baker. Although the lack of plate appearances held him back from matching his home run and RBI totals from previous years, the lefty showed he can still hit the ball with some pop, posting the highest slugging percentage of his career thanks to 20 of his 38 hits going for extra bases. Drew especially heated up late in the season, slashing .275/.388/.425 the final month of the season after missing extended time due to an ear issue. He returned to the Nationals over the offseason, so he'll likely fulfill a similar reserve utility infielder role in 2017.
Drew (hamstring) was cleared to resume working out Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Drew, who strained his right hamstring April 11, had been serving as the Nationals' interim starter at shortstop with Trea Turner (hamstring) on the disabled list. The Nats don't have a clear timetable for Drew's return, but Turner is set to head out on what's expected to be a short rehab assignment in the minors before likely rejoining the big club over the weekend. As a result, Drew won't have a clear path to regular at-bats once he's ultimately activated from the DL.
Drew (hamstring) is feeling better, but there is still no timetable for his return, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. This serves as positive news from a recovery standpoint for Drew, but offers little in the way of an estimated return to the lineup. With Trea Turner (hamstring) also sidelined, Wilmer Difo has been filling in as the everyday shortstop, producing mixed results. The 25-year-old is 2-for-9 with a fielding error over the last three games.
Drew (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Drew left Tuesday's game after straining his hamstring while running the bases, a devastating break considering fellow shortstop Trea Turner (hamstring) is already on the mend. Wilmer Difo figures to get plenty of opportunities in a suddenly decimated Nationals' infield, though call-up Grant Green could see some playing time as well. Drew, meanwhile, will miss a couple of weeks with the setback and should return as Turner's backup when he gets healthy.
Drew, who exited Tuesday's game against the Cardinals early, was diagnosed with a right hamstring strain, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Drew strained his hamstring while running to first base and was forced to leave the game after coming up gimpy. Manager Dusty Baker said that Drew's injury seems to be worse than teammate Trea Turner's recent hamstring strain which landed him on the 10-day disabled list. With that bit of information, it sounds like the 34-year-old infielder is bound for a trip to the disabled list. The Nationals will likely need to promote another infielder for depth, while Wilmer Difo should see significant playing time for the time being.
Drew exited Tuesday's game against the Cardinals early after appearing to grab his right leg while running to first base, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. It's currently unclear what exactly happened, but Drew appeared to come up a bit gimpy while attempting to beat out a groundball. An update on his condition should become available following Tuesday's contest. The 34-year-old was replaced by Anthony Rendon at third base.