Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew is still recovering from the severely fractured right ankle that he suffered back in late July. And now he has even more offseason rehab to look forward to.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Drew underwent surgery last month to fix a hernia.
Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers told Piecoro that the procedure should only set Drew back “a week to 10 days,” but that might be enough to put his status for the opening of the 2012 season in question.
As insurance, the Snakes have already signed veteran utiltiymen John McDonald and Willie Bloomquist.
Drew, 28, batted .252/.317/.396 with five home runs and 45 RBI in 354 plate appearances this season before breaking his ankle on a play at home plate. He’s set to earn a $7.75 million salary in 2012.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
As the D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.