Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
4 days ago

Drew says the vertigo-like symptoms he dealt with last year fully ceased in the offseason, The Washington Post reports. "It took a while to come over that," Drew said. "It was hard to describe. When I got that sick, it's just kind of a freak thing, I don't really know. There's nothing to say like 'Oh, it's this, this, this.' I had no idea. So it's passed and hopefully it won't come back on me."

EDGE Analysis

The 33-year-old played in just 70 games last season, his lowest total since he was a rookie in 2006, but Drew also posted the highest SLG of his career when he was on the field. Given that no official diagnosis for what was causing the symptoms was released, it's tough to completely dismiss the possibility of a relapse, but if Drew does stay healthy in 2017, his role as the primary utility infielder on a team with some aging and injury-prone starters could afford him more playing time than you might think, and some value in deep NL-only leagues.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
1 month ago

Drew agreed to a one-year deal with the Nationals on Thursday, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal is expected to be worth just over $3 million. He will serve as the backup at second base and shortstop and will provide a good clubhouse presence. He hit .266 with eight home runs in 165 plate appearances last year, and would need Daniel Murphy or Trea Turner to suffer an injury in order to see enough playing time to be a useful fantasy option. This means Wilmer Difo will likely open the year at Triple-A.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
5 months ago

Drew went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 7-4 loss to the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran infielder connected for his first homer since way back on July 3 versus the Reds. Drew has put together a solid September (.297/.386/.459) and has generally been solid while logging 140 at-bats this season. While his eight homers and 21 RBI lag significantly behind the 17 round-trippers and 44 runs he drove in with the Yankees in 2015, it's notable that Drew has improved his batting average by 70 points to .271, while also playing 62 fewer games in the current campaign.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
6 months ago

The Nationals activated Drew (illness) from the disabled list Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Drew kicked off a rehab assignment last Thursday after missing over a month due to vertigo symptoms, and he is ready to rejoin the big club less than a week later. He will fill a part-time utility role, but with the Nationals comfortably in first place, he figures to start here and there when manager Dusty Baker decides to give his regulars some rest.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
6 months ago

Drew (illness) began a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Drew had been sidelined for all of August and part of July due to vertigo symptoms, but he is feeling good enough to return to game action. He will likely play a few times in the minors and rejoin the Nationals at some point later this month.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
6 months ago

Drew (illness) received an ear injection to alleviate vertigo symptoms, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

EDGE Analysis

If all goes well, Drew's vertigo will be much less severe in two weeks, at which point a timeframe for his return should become more clear. Before being placed on the disabled list on July 27, Drew had built a .262/.319/.563 line over 51 games.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
7 months ago

Drew has increased his participation in baseball activities, Chase Hughes of CSNMidAtlantic.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Drew will be examined again in the coming days, but his participation in workouts is encouraging. Upon his eventual return, Drew will return to his role as a backup across the Washington infield.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
7 months ago

Drew (ear) took ground balls on the field prior to Sunday's game, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Drew has been on the DL since July 27 due to an inner-ear issue, but the veteran was able to play catch and take some grounders Sunday afternoon. The progress is encouraging enough to suggest Drew could return following the minimum stay on the DL, but the real concern is his playing time after he's back, as prospect Trea Turner has emerged in Drew's absence.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
7 months ago

Drew is dealing with an inner ear issue and is not yet ready for baseball activities, Mark Zuckerman of Masnsports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Drew has been on the disabled list since July 27 with an illness. Drew said the ear issues is related to his illness and is not concussion related. In his absence, rookie Trea Turner has been playing really well, so it will be really hard for Drew to find consistent playing time upon his return.

Stephen Drew
2B/SS/3B WSH
7 months ago

The Nationals placed Drew on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with vertigo-like symptoms, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.