Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Drew (abdomen) was activated from the disabled list Saturday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Nationals have already ruled Drew out for the NLDS, but with this move, they keep open the possibility of getting Drew back later in the postseason, should they advance. Drew has missed nearly the entire second half with an abdominal strain.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Drew (abdomen) will not be ready for the NLDS, but could be available later in the playoffs if the Nationals advance, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

He likely wouldn't make the roster even if he were ready, but if any of the Nationals' primary middle infielders were to suffer an injury, Drew could be useful in the NLCS or World Series, provided the Nationals get that far. The 34-year-old is hitting .253/.302/.358 with one home run in 106 plate appearances this season.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Drew (abdomen) was able to play catch Sunday, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

An exact return date still has not been established for Drew, but it appears that he could make his way back on to the field in the coming days. The 34-year-old hasn't played since July 25, but has been able to take at-bats and play catch in recent days.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Drew (abdomen) said he hopes to play in some games next week, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Drew, who suffered a torn abdominal muscle at the end of July, remains set on returning before the end of the season. It was originally thought that he wouldn't be able to return this season, but the 34-year-old has been steadily ramping up his baseball activity in recent days and it now looks like a possibility. If he continues to trend in the right direction, Drew could potentially return to game action sometime next week, though it's unlikely that he'll be included on the Nationals' postseason roster even if he does return.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Drew (abdomen) took some at-bats during a simulated game and jogged in the outfield Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryce Harper's simultaneous participation in the simulated game was presumably of greater interest to the Nationals, but like the outfielder, Drew also isn't closing the door on returning to the big club before the end of the regular season. In Drew's case, a return seems less likely, given that he's yet to receive clearance to resume sprinting since tearing the abdominal muscle from the bone in July. Even if Drew is able to get in a game or two in September, it's unlikely that he'll be included on the Nationals' postseason roster.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Manager Dusty Baker said it would be a miracle if Drew (abdomen) returned from the disabled list before the end of the season, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite his manager's comments, Drew was still hopeful that'd he'd be able to return this season. He's been taking grounders and batting practice during the week, but he's still had trouble running. He apparently tore a lower abdomen muscle off the bone, so it sounds like he could need offseason surgery regardless of whether he's able to return before the season concludes.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
4 months ago

Drew (abdomen) was out on the field taking batting practice prior to Wednesday's game against the Braves, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although it remains unlikely that Drew will be back on the field before the end of the regular season, the infielder has been able to take cuts and participate in fielding drills in recent days. The main problem plaguing Drew is that he hasn't been able to do any running, and unless that changes in the immediate future, it seems as though his chances of coming back before the playoffs are all but over.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
5 months ago

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Drew (abdomen) could require surgery for an undisclosed injury that could sideline him for the remainder of the season, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Drew has been sidelined since July 25 with a left abdominal strain, and the Nationals' decision to transfer him to the 60-day disabled list Monday ensures he won't be activated until Sept. 29 at the earliest. In addition to the abdominal injury, it sounds like Drew is also being slowed by an unrelated issue, which may be significant enough to keep him out of the mix for a spot on the Nationals' playoff roster. Even if Drew is able to avoid surgery and return to full health in the final handful of games of the season, Wilmer Difo's emergence as a useful utility man in the second half might have already quashed Drew's chances of earning a role with the Nationals in the postseason.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
5 months ago

Drew (abdomen) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is a bit surprising, as it appeared Drew was progressing well in his rehab and nearing a return to action. He'll now be eligible to return Sept. 29, all but ending his season. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jayson Werth, who was reinstated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move.

Stephen Drew
SS/3B FA
5 months ago

Drew (abdominal strain) played catch Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has been running for a week or so, and this served as another benchmark in his recovery. Look for him to be activated from the DL either this week or next week.