Stephen Drew fractures right ankle, surgery likely

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Awful news tonight out of the desert.

According to the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter feed, shortstop Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and is likely to undergo surgery. He could miss the rest of the 2011 season.

Drew suffered the injury while sliding into home plate during Wednesday night’s game against the Brewers. His right leg got caught under his own body just before he made contact with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who applied a tag to Drew’s torso. Drew had to be carried off the field by two trainers and was unable to put any pressure on the ankle.

You can view the gruesome video HERE.

The Diamondbacks are making arrangements to promote 35-year-old Cody Ransom from Triple-A Reno. The journeyman infielder has registered a fantastic 1.060 OPS, 25 home runs and 86 RBI in 91 games this season for the Aces while playing second base, third base and shortstop. He’s unlikely to match that level of production in the big leagues, but he may ease the pain of Drew’s loss if he can come close.

The D’Backs are currently four games back of the Giants in the National League West standings.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.